Tyler Perry donates $1 million to Harvey relief efforts

Tyler Perry is the latest celebrity to chip in with a substantial donation to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

The writer, actor and director posted a video to his Facebook page Thursday in which he announced he plans to give $1 million to help those in need in Houston.

He also used the video to defends pastor Joel Osteen who came under fire for not opening up his megachurch to those in need of shelter.

And to show his support for Osteen, he said he's giving $250,000 of the one million to the Lakewood evangelist.

Generous gift: Tyler Perry shared a Facebook video Thursday to announce he is donating $1 million to Harvey relief efforts

Generous gift: Tyler Perry shared a Facebook video Thursday to announce he is donating $1 million to Harvey relief efforts

'Let me tell you something - Joel and Victoria are amazing people,' Perry said. 'There's no way they would lock people out of their church and not let people in for shelter.

He repeated Osteen's claim of 'safety concerns' and said when he spoke with the pastor on the phone 'it all made perfect sense to me.' 

He then berated Osteen's critics for rushing to judgement.

Osteen finally opened up his megachurch after being blasted on social media for failing to help those in need.

Perry said in his Facebook post that he is 'sure' the money he gives will be used to purchase supplies. 

Perry also used the platform to defend megachurch pastor Joel Osteen who was blasted on social media for not opening his Lakewood church in Houston to those in need of shelter

Perry also used the platform to defend megachurch pastor Joel Osteen who was blasted on social media for not opening his Lakewood church in Houston to those in need of shelter

Defended televangelist: The writer, actor and director called Osteen and his wife Victoria 'amazing people' and said he's giving them $250,000 for their relief work

Defended televangelist: The writer, actor and director called Osteen and his wife Victoria 'amazing people' and said he's giving them $250,000 for their relief work

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