BET announced the mutual cancellation of the show during it’s annual upfront meeting yesterday. The 75 year old Jones had this to say about letting go of the show he cultivated into a household name.
“There’s a little sadness that goes along with that, you know after 35 years what am I going to do?” Then Jones chuckles and says, “We have something else planned however.”
Gospel fans will be relieved to know that Jones will still maintain a role at BET, revealing some of his plans.
“I know that I’m going to do be doing Celebration of Gospel, but I don’t know what I’ll do with Sunday Best or any of that.” The man known as the Ambassador of Gospel says he’s looking forward to keeping his brand name going forward with BET.
Jones intends to go on representing Gospel music. It was a short week before the announcement that Dr. Bobby Jones spearheaded the Gospel entertainment onboard the Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage Cruise. A secular voyage that led more than 12 people on-board to Christ. It’s these types of outreaches Jones will continue to do furthering the reach of Gospel music.
Says Path MEGAzine publisher Kris Patrick who was onboard the Tom Joyner Cruise, “Dr. Jones gets Gospel in venues that are hard to get in. He’s known as the ambassador for the barriers he’s been able to break through when it comes to the broadcasting of Gospel music internationally.”
Dr. Bobby Jones gave many artists their first national exposure in the Gospel industry. Jones is credited with giving mega stars like Kirk Franklin and Yolanda Adams their first national platforms. The rippled effect of him leaving BET will be felt throughout the industry.
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