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Coming up tonight at 9, Piers Morgan invites Tyler Perry into his "lair" for an honest and revealing primetime conversation.
Most-widely known as the brains behind the "Madea" films franchise, Perry was also a friend of the late Whitney Houston and provided the plane used to transport her body from California to New Jersey:
"It was beyond awful. I tell you, there was - we - we tried to send a hearse as a decoy. They found out we had the body in a van. And there are paparazzi 50 deep following the van. We - I have them move the plane into the hangar and close the door, bring the - bring the van in," says Perry, describing the suffocating media coverage of the singer's death.
"One of the hired drivers is trying to take pictures of them putting the body on the plane. It was just beyond disrespectful for her family and everyone else. And I understand she was a superstar, but she didn't deserve to be treated that way in the media toward the end, you know?"
On the night Houston passed, February 11, the 43-year-old star of "Alex Cross" was called to the Beverly Hilton, where an industry party continued despite the breaking tragedy.
"Walking into that hotel room and seeing - it - it was so bizarre. I'm - I'm think - I'm thinking these people cannot know that she has died," he tells the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host. "People are screaming my name, 'Tyler! Tyler!' and I'm just like this can't be true."
Upon arriving at the floor where Houston's family was staying, Perry was struck by a conflict of extremes:
"Her family's there. They're all in tears. And I'm in the room with them and - and the coroners and the police are three doors down from where we are," he reveals. "I'm looking at the water on the table as the family is breaking down. It's vibrating from the bass below. I just think 'what is this? What is this, that this woman's life is not worth a moment of silence.'"
Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, then tune in this evening at 9 as Perry details a complicated relationship with his father, and explains the political climate ahead of the general election.
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