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Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager Wept on ‘Today’ After Watching a Clip From Tyler Perry’s New Documentary ‘Maxine’s Baby’: ‘So Beautiful and Moving’


Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager had to break out the tissues Today after sharing the incredible trailer for Tyler Perry’s upcoming documentary, Maxine’s Baby: The Tyler Perry Story.

“I know another celebrity who shares her story and we love it. I can’t wait to see this documentary,” Kotb told Bush Hager, who seemed to be in complete agreement.

Kotb explained that Perry had a “very difficult” upbringing to become “one of the most successful filmmakers of a generation.”

The trailer shared a glimpse into Perry’s past and present, with those close to him recounting how his strained relationship with his father and difficult childhood influenced the iconic films he later became known for.

THE Today the co-hosts were visibly emotional as they reached for tissues after the trailer ended. “Woah,” said Bush Hager. “It’s incredible.”

“Is it in theaters, where is it?” Kotb asked his team, to which Bush Hager added, “Here we go!”

Hoda and Jenna talk about Tyler Perry
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Maxine’s baby will actually be released on Amazon’s Prime Video starting November 17, but that hasn’t swayed Bush Hager. “Okay, we’re going to our couch!” she exclaimed.

Kotb agreed that the premiere would be a can’t-miss event, calling it “appointment TV viewing.”

“I know pieces of his story that are so beautiful and moving, what he went through,” Kotb said.

Bush Hager was also moved. “Yes, and come out the other side gentle, loving and generous,” she said. “Ugh, we need more Tyler Perrys in this world!” »

Maxine’s Baby: The Tyler Perry Story, directed by Gelila Bekele and Armani Ortiz, will be one of the first times the filmmaker talks about his family and personal life. According to the Prime Video synopsis, Maxine’s baby will chronicle Perry’s “painful but faithful path to the top of an industry that hasn’t always included him.”

The emotional trailer gave an intimate look at his contrasting relationships with his parents. The trailer begins with remembering her relationship with her father, saying, “I just couldn’t understand how this man could look at me and hate me with such passion.”

But it ends with a touching moment he shared with his mother, Willie Maxine Perry, who died in 2009.

“Tyler, I just want to tell you how lucky I am to have a son like you,” she says in the documentary.

Today with Jenna and Hoda airs weekdays at 10/9c on NBC.



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