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After 14 Years, Popular BET Show Leaves TV For the Internet

Reported by Kacie Whaley

BET’s  long-running music video program 106 & Park will air its final television episode in December.  Afterward, the show will continue as a digital series.

When original hosts (and fan favorites) Free and AJ left 106 & Park in 2005, some called it the end of an era, and the show took on a brand new vibe.  Later, Terrance J and Rocsi took over until their departure in 2012.  From that point on, Shad Moss, aka Bow Wow, and several others tried to keep the show afloat, but after 14 years, 106 & Park is finally retiring.

The program will still be shown on BET’s website.  106 & Park Creator Stephen G. Hill took to BET.com to discuss its cancellation and transition:

“AJ accepting Janet Jackson’s challenge to…dance. Bow Wow laying that kiss on Tyra Banks (or was it the other way around?). Free crawling around the set LIKE Catwoman WITH Catwoman Halle Berry. Julissa’s taking over Halloween as “Wonder Woman.” Keshia brilliantly bonding with First Lady Michelle Obama. Paigion flying around the world with Rihanna on a 777. Rocsisalsa dancing with Victor Cruz and putting him to shame. Shortyand Ms. Mykie’s killer rap, “The History of Justin Timberlake,” visably thrilling JT himself. Terrence beatboxing while Jamie Foxx rhymed. Tiggermaking Tom Cruise do the of-the-moment “motorcycle dance.”

“It’s been a great 14-year run as America’s top music/variety show on cable. And now that very valuable brand is going to take its talents to the digital realm. The interactive brand you helped build, 106 & Park, is alive and well…and it’s moving to the space in which our audience NOW interacts with music the most: online. It’ll be very exciting to connect with the millions of people that are already engaged with 106 & Park and other BET digital and social media entities and bring content that will further evolve the 106 & Park brand — and enhance the overall BET Networks brand. As we transition to the digital space, we look to continue 106 & Park’s role as both a leader of and a mirror to youth culture. We’ll have more information to share about how that is to roll out very soon.”

106 & Park will still run specials such as its yearly New Year’s Eve show and other events throughout the year.  The final episode will air December 19.

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