“That Relationship Is Over”: TJ Holmes Talks Working With BET After “Don’t Sleep” Cancellation, And If They Really Gave The Show A Chance

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May 13, 2013 ‐ By Clarke Gail Baines

TJ Holmes

After the news was made official earlier in the month that BET would no longer air Don’t Sleep on the network, TJ Holmes kept it pretty professional and optimistic about the shows axe and what his professional life would be like since the program was getting the boot. As we all know, Holmes left CNN to host the news program, and since then, been trying to fill in here and there at MSNBC, but has no official new job.

“I thank the audience and my fans for all of their support. I am proud of Don’t Sleep and I look forward to continuing to speak to broad issues affecting the national and global communities.”

But in a recent interview with The Huffington Post, the journalist opened up about why he won’t be working with BET again, his shock at all the quick changes the show went through, and what really is next for his fine self. Here are a few excerpts from the full interview that had us talking:
Discussing whether or not he will continue to do work with BET in the future:

“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.”

On how he dealt with the news that the show was canceled, and why he was shocked when Don’t Sleep went from a nightly program to a weekly one:

“Initially, when they cut it from a nightly show to a weekly show, I was shocked. And that had a lot to do with the timing. We’ve barely been on the air for a month at the time, and you’re still trying to find your footing and figure some things out. So I was shocked by that. But again, they have every right to do whatever it is they want to do with their network. So am I disappointed, yes, but I’m more so disappointed by the fact that we don’t have that [type of show on the air]. It was always my intent, all along, that my heart was in it to step away from where I was to roll the dice and take a chance certainly at a place that is not known for that type of programming…But what drew me was the idea that I could speak night in and night out to the issues affecting my community.”

On whether or not he regrets walking away from CNN:

“Oh my God, never. Not a regret at all. I mean, mistakes were made along the way. So I’ll see things and can look back on where a mistake was made, but there’s not a regret that I have in life. You make the best decision you can with the information that’s in front of you and things work out, and sometimes they don’t, but as long as you can learn from it and grow from it you’re going to be alright.”

And whether or not he’ll take “Don’t Sleep” to another network:

“Throughout the rest of my career I want to make sure that I have some sort of an outlet or platform to speak to those types of issues. There are not a lot of places, frankly on television, that will make the space for that type of show. So doing it again, I don’t know, but I certainly want to have some type of a platform where I’m always able to speak to some of the things I spoke to on that show.”

Check out his full interview with The Huffington Post, where he discusses his own future and trying to get back to reporting the news ASAP over at their website.

What do you think of what he had to say?

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  • sabrina

    Yeah, I really wanted to give it a chance, but it came on so dang late!

    I definitely don’t think it was a bad move leaving from CNN when he did though because look at the direction it’s going now…he probably would’ve been fired already at this point =/ Nevertheless, I know he’ll hop back onto something soon!

  • NatashaDecemberBabyThomas

    I only got to see the show a couple of times because I get out of night school at 10:15 PM (show comes on at 10 PM here in Chicago) and get home by 11:00 PM. Some people have to be in bed at 10 or 11 PM because they have to be at work/school in the morning.

  • Kay

    This was a good show. I just hated it came on so late sometimes. If BET got back to more positive and creative shows like this and stop playing so many old reruns during the day this show would have had a chance.