Well, that was quick. Only eight months after his show “Don’t Sleep” hit the air, T.J. Holmes formally announced that he is severing ties with BET.
Though his time at BET was short-lived, T.J. told Journal-ism’s Richard Prince he has no regrets, though he didn’t reveal much about what preceded his untimely departure:
“I will never, ever regret thinking that my heart was in the right place. A young black man taking his skills to do something that was not being done for our community. That is, providing a daily news show geared toward African Americans. You learn from the mistakes, there are questions I should have asked, things that should have been cleared up. But reaching the Black community in that way was an opportunity I would love to have again.”
Holmes, who left CNN in December of 2011, was unclear about whether he’ll reconnect with BET to reach said black community. But as a well-respected and loved TV personality, he can be pretty confident another opportunity will arise. And perhaps, that opportunity will be a better one.
“Don’t Sleep” struggled with ratings during its short time on air. Viewers complained that it was too short (the shows lasted 30 minutes), aired too late and simply wasn’t funny. Despite the harsh reviews, BET still speaks positively of the show, saying “[it] delivered smart social commentary on significant issues important to African Americans with the nation’s most prominent thought leaders. BET remains committed to being a resource for our audience on issues that directly affect the African American community.”
We’re anxious to see what the next step will be for T.J. Holmes and BET.