Acclaimed American filmmaker and entrepreneur, Tyler Perry, has expressed regret over being unable to meet President William Ruto, who stopped by the Tyler Perry studio during his state visit to the United States.

In a statement shared on Instagram, Mr Perry cited a packed schedule but conveyed his deep appreciation for the historic visit.

“Unfortunately my schedule was booked and I’m heartbroken that I couldn’t move things around in time to be there to greet President Ruto of Kenya as he and his family and delegation (sic) toured Tyler Perry studios,” he said.

President Ruto’s tour of the sprawling studio complex marked a significant moment of cross-cultural engagement and collaboration.

Tyler Perry Studios, renowned for its contributions to the film and entertainment industry, hosted the president as part of his broader agenda to strengthen ties between Kenya and the United States, particularly in the creative and business sectors.

In his absence, Perry extended his gratitude to his friend and fellow entertainer, Steve Harvey, who graciously stepped in to greet President Ruto and accompany him on the tour.

“Thank you @iamsteveharveytv for stepping in. What a blessing,” Perry stated.

Steve Harvey, known for his multifaceted career as a comedian, host, and producer, took the role with enthusiasm.

The Tyler Perry Studios, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is one of the largest and most sophisticated film production studios in the United States.

The studio complex, which officially opened in 2019, spans over 330 acres on the historic grounds of the former Fort McPherson military base.

This expansive facility features 12 sound stages, each named after an African-American trailblazer in the entertainment industry, extensive green spaces, and a variety of backlot sets that replicate diverse urban and suburban environments.

Its grand opening made Mr Perry the first African-American to own a major film production studio.

“The good news is that means I will have to make my way to Kenya very soon! I am honoured, humbled, and thankful that you stopped by President Ruto,” Mr Perry added.

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