Tonight’s episode marks the end of Tyler Perry’s House of Payne. With episode 254, House of Payne surpasses The Jeffersons as the longest-running sitcom that’s centered around an African-American cast — by one episode.
Tyler Perry is well aware of the contributions of The Jeffersons to television history and invited Sherman Hemsley and Marla Gibbs to recreate their iconic roles on House of Payne. The duo appeared in last year’s “Curtis Jefferson” episode in which Curtis Payne dreams he’s a part of his favorite sitcom.
When Hemsley died a couple weeks ago, Perry assembled a tribute video of behind-the-scenes footage.
He wrote, “Sherman Hemsley’s last acting job was on an episode of House of Payne where he reprised his George Jefferson character. He and Marla Gibbs were on the show and they were saying how they were the only two original living cast members from The Jeffersons. Sherman brought joy to millions, and I want to thank him for all the laughter he brought to our house. I celebrate your life, my friend. May you rest in peace.”
Here’s the video: