*Tyler Perry if firing back against his fans who are protesting the casting of Kim Kardashian in his upcoming film “The Marriage Counselor.”

As previously reported, folks are up in arms that the reality star, who divorced her husband Kris Kardashian after just 72 days, was chosen to play the friend of star Jurnee Smollet.

Dozens of fans flooded Perry’s website with their outrage. One disgruntled poster seemed to sum up the overall sentiment, writing:

“Well Tyler, since you are going ahead and keeping Kim Kardashian in your new movie in spite of how your fans feel tells it all.  You’re beginning to sound arrogant.  I feel so proud of how hard you work and how connected you are to your fan base. I don’t see it as your fans telling you what to do I feel like we can because of our undying support, but dang it Tyler Perry, Kim Kardashian does not fit.”

Perry has finally responded to the criticism in an email to his fans. He begins:

“I think many of you know that this is a very difficult time of year for me, so what I try to do is make sure that I’m working during this time. All I wanted to do was shoot a great film and try to keep my mind off the holiday grief that I have been experiencing for the past two years. I could not have imagined I’d be getting all these emails about Kim Kardashian. I HAVE SEEN THEM!! YOU HAVE BEEN HEARD!! … LOL …”

Later in the letter, Perry writes, “I thought and still do think, that it would be very responsible of [Kardashian] to be a part of this film. To have the young people that look up to her, see her in a film that is about, what happens in life when you make the wrong choices. Whether you’re aware of it or not, to be honest with you I wasn’t, millions of young people adore her and are following her every move.”

Click here to read Tyler Perry’s letter in its entirety.