Despite High Ratings, BET Has Canceled “Celebration of Gospel” and People Are Very Unhappy
As reported by Jawn Murray of AlwaysAlist.com, More than 2.6 million total viewers tuned in to BETâ€™s annual special â€śCelebration of Gospelâ€ť when it premiered on April 6, making it the number one gospel/religious telecast on TV for 14 consecutive years.
A celebration of faith through music, this yearâ€™s special featured an all-star roster of performances including Tamela Mann, Kem,Yolanda Adams, Charlie Wilson, Lalah Hathaway, Zacardi Cortez, SWV, Candice Glover, Donnie McClurkin, Tasha Page Lockart, India.Arie, Jonathan McReynolds, Erica Campbell, Rance Allen Group, Tasha Cobbs, Tye Tribbett and others.
Despite its stellar ratings and continued success, BET revealed during their upfront presentation to advertisers in New York that â€śCelebration of Gospelâ€ť would not return as one of its â€śMega-Specials.â€ť The network is bringing back the â€śBET Awards,â€ť â€śBlack Girls Rock,â€ť â€śBET Hip Hop Awards,â€ť and â€śBET Honors.â€ť
â€śCelebration of Gospelâ€ť premiered in 2000 and comedian Steve Harvey hosted the show for 13 years. The â€śOriginal Kings of Comedyâ€ť funnyman didnâ€™t return for the 2014 special due to his hectic schedule.
Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson took over â€śCOGâ€ť as the host for the first time during this yearâ€™s telecast.
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SOURCE: Always A List