Coming later this month: A Very Madea Presidential Debate.
Tyler Perry Studios will serve as the venue for the next 2020 Democratic presidential debate, debate hosts MSNBC and the Washington Post confirmed Monday.
The Atlanta-based production studio, which the movie mogul opened in October with an A-list bash, boasts 330 acres and 12 sound stages on the grounds of the former Fort McPherson army base. It is one of the largest production studios in the country.
The debate location was previously announced by former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams in October, though it was not confirmed by MSNBC or the Washington Post until Monday.
“Democratic Debate site is set: @TPStudios is a model for Georgia’s vibrant film industry, an engaged corporate citizen and an exceptional location for our #DemDebate,” Abrams wrote in a tweet, adding, “Looking forward to welcoming the candidates to Georgia on November 20. #gapol.”
As of Monday, nine candidates have qualified for the debate, according to an NBC News tally, including former VP Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Kamala Harris, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Andrew Yang, Sen. Cory Booker and Tom Steyer.
Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and former Housing Secretary Julián Castro have yet to meet the necessary thresholds to be included.
The debate will be moderated by Rachel Maddow, Andrea Mitchell, Kristen Welker and Ashley Parker and airs November 20.
Perry’s studio has been called the house that “Madea” built, for the series of big-grossing movies he produced, wrote, directed and starred in as the title character.
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