T.J. Holmes’ split with BET seemed imminent after his show, “Don’t Sleep With TJ Holmes” was cancelled. But given the fanfare when T.J. initially signed on with the network, many thought the show was only one facet of their partnership. In a new interview, he reveals that was never the case and he has no plans to work with BET ever again.
Here’s an excerpt via The YBF:
What happened to your relationship with BET?
The network, they made a decision that they didn’t want the show to come back. That being the case, I don’t have anything else to do at that network. I was only there to do that show for the most part. So if they decide they don’t want the show on the air anymore, then there is no reason for that relationship to continue. So that relationship is over.
Were you shocked by the show’s cancellation?
I have known for a while that the show was not going to return. I just wasn’t able to say that myself and make it official, because the show is still the network’s property. So they’re the ones who are in charge in that regard of public message…And I think a lot of people have known for quite some time. It just took a while to make it publicly official.
Do you have a specific time frame on when you would like to land your next position?
No, because I don’t want to make a mistake. My wife and I are blessed enough that we don’t have to run out and find a job just for the sake of finding a job. But I’m really, really determined to get this next move right. I’m looking for a home. A place that I can see myself being for years and years down the road. So we are being very deliberate. And it’s been nice to have this option and it’s nice to be wanted to some degree.
Though TJ never explicitly states it, it feels like there was bad blood between him and BET Networks. He is adamant about severing ties and doesn’t even leave a window of opportunity open for him to collaborate with BET again. He scolds the network for taking a while to update the public on the cancellation of his show. He ends the interview saying he wants to “get this next move right” and find a network he can call “home,” instead of making the “mistake” of joining a company for the short term.
It’s interesting to see how much TJ’s tone in discussing BET has changed from when he initially joined their roster, and makes you wonder what caused him to flip the script so quickly.