Perry, who appeared on the morning show to promote his new documentary, Maxine's Baby: The Tyler Perry Story, which chronicles his life and is named after his later mother, Maxine Perry, who died in 2009 after a long illness, began to choke up after The View co-host Sara Haines remarked on how powerfully Maxine came through in the film.
After praising Tyler for "living every word" she's ever learned in her faith and spirituality, Haines, who watched the doc, said she "met Maxine" throughout the film, noting she "didn't know her before," which visibly moved the Madea's Family Reunion star.
"OK, wait a minute... You met my mother through [the doc]? Wow," Tyler said, as tears welled up in his eyes. "Thank you."
.@TylerPerry gets emotional discussing his new documentary on his life, which is titled 'Maxine's Baby' after his late mother, when @SaraHaines says she "met" his mother by watching it.
Later on in the interview, Tyler reflected on his mother's life and the trials she faced along the way.
"I just imagine a woman who's lived her life with so much pain and she was always worried about everybody else and, I think, I watched her get sick, I watched her get cancer, I watched her get all of these things because her intention was, 'Are you happy? Are you OK?'"
He continued, "She never thought that she was important and she never thought that anybody would care, so to say that this documentary that [filmmakers] Gelila [Bekele] and Armani [Ortiz] did about my life introduces her to the world, that moves me because she was very much that special to me."
The emotional moment was met with lots of love online, with one user tweeting, "Sara said what Tyler needed to hear. That was a beautiful moment," and another writing, "This brought the tears on. What a beautiful moment. @tylerperry, you have that spark… that light. You make us all smile. You bring joy into our lives. Thank you!"
Maxine's Baby: The Tyler Perry Story starts streaming on Amazon on November 17.