Tyler Perry criticized an actress who bought a billboard to get his attention. 2 years later, she’s starring in his latest TV show.

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Tyler Perry didn’t love Racquel Palmer’s billboard stunt, but it seems to have worked out for her in the end. Chris Pizzello/Getty
  • Actress Racquel Palmer went viral in 2019 for using a billboard to pitch herself to Tyler Perry.
  • Perry responded on social media by scolding Palmer and telling her to “save [her] money.”
  • Now, Palmer has told TMZ she’s got a lead role in Perry’s new BET+ show “All the Queen’s Men.”
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In 2019, actress Racquel Palmer garnered attention after posting herself on a billboard to get the attention of media mogul Tyler Perry. That move appears to have paid off.

Palmer told TMZ on Monday that she now has a leading role in Perry’s upcoming show, “All The Queen’s Men.”

Palmer’s name was previously mentioned in BET+’s casting announcement for the upcoming series back in March, but the new TMZ interview appears to be the first time the actress has spoken out about her role on the show and her rocky start with Perry.

The billboard, purchased by Palmer (then known as Racquel Bailey) for $2,000, featured her headshot along with the message “Attention Mr. Perry. Racquel Bailey is your next leading lady” and her contact information.

Perry’s initial reaction to Palmer’s plea for his attention wasn’t a happy one. He took to Instagram to share a photo of the billboard, telling his followers in the caption that “this is not the way to get my attention if you’re looking for a role in one of my shows” and urging anyone who might be considering the same thing to save their money “for a better purpose.”

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“I love that you want to work with me, and I love that you invest in yourself,” the billionaire “Madea” creator wrote. “But when you do things like this it puts my team on high alert and makes me look at you sideways. I know the message that you want to send is a positive one, but this comes across as the opposite.”

Palmer told TMZ that she and Perry “never spoke of the billboard” and that she doesn’t think other aspiring actors should duplicate her actions.

Representatives for Palmer, Perry’s studio, and BET+ did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

“All The Queen’s Men” will premiere on BET + September 9.