“All Of Us Have Been Touched By 106 & Park”: Countdown Show Saying Goodbye To TV After 14 Years, Moving Online

November 14, 2014  |  

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After 14 years on television, “106 & Park,” is calling it a day. Well, they’re calling it a day on television at least.

According to BET.com, the show’s final episode will air on December 19, and after that, it will transition from cable to online. Stephen G. Hill, President of Music Programming and Specials for BET, had this to say about the show ending:

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. Rocsi salsa dancing with Victor Cruz and putting him to shame. Shorty and Ms. Mykie’s killer rap, “The History of Justin Timberlake,” visably [sic] thrilling JT himself. Terrence beatboxing while Jamie Foxx rhymed. Tigger making Tom Cruise do the of-the-moment “motorcycle dance.”

We all have our favorite moments from the show that has put youth culture on television daily since the first year of this century. We have pride in being involved with the show that has welcomed almost every movie star, music superstar and fresh-faced talent you can name (you can even throw in a first lady). We’ve all laughed with and been entertained by the young men and women hosts that have charmed us at 6 p.m. (and more recently 5 p.m.) each weekday.

All of us have been touched by 106 & Park. 

Now it’s time for 106 & Park, as a daily TV entity, to take a bow and exit.

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.

And 106 & Park will still have specials on BET. What’s a New Year’s Eve without 106 & Party? 106 & Park Presents: 106 & Party will be on-air to take our viewers into the beginning of the second half of this decade in a big way. And when it’s time for the BET Awards to come around, you can be sure that 106 & Park Presents: Live, Red and Ready will be ushering you into the show and that 106 & Park will be an integral part of the BET Experience.

I’m not trying to minimize it; this is a very big change. We thank all the people who have worked on the show over the years; the talented hosts, the hard-working staff, production crews and all the incredible guests we’ve had. Most of all, we’d like to humbly thank the “livest audience,” both in studio and at home, who fueled this landmark TV show from the very beginning. Meet you in the digital domain.

“106 & Park” has been one of BET’s highest rated shows since it first debuted in 2000, and it has had quite a few hosts over the years. Free and AJ Calloway kicked things off from 2000-2005 and were fan favorites. When they left and the network was looking for new hosts, in the interim, Big Tigger and Julissa Bermudez hosted from 2005-2006. Rocsi Diaz and Terrence Jenkins hosted from 2006-2012, and after that, I think we can all admit that things went a little left.

The network tried to have four different hosts at one time, including Bow Wow, Shorty da Prince, Paigion and Miss Mykie for a few months from 2012-2013. When they were shown the door, Angela Simmons became co-host with Bow Wow for a short time. Eventually, Bow Wow and Keshia Chante became the new, and last hosts of the program.

“106 & Park” has definitely had a good run, but with YouTube, it really doesn’t make much sense for a video countdown show to be on anymore. “Total Request Live” got the hint in 2008.

Will you miss the show? What fond memories do you have of it?

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  • Momma Dee Tha Q.U.E.E.N

    Like I said everywhere else, BET will officially no longer showing videos. One of the key elements that made it a standout channel for airing black people’s musical talents (MTV was on their bullshid airing Rock music til David Bowie called them out). At least MTV shows videos at 3am when no one awake… That said they shoulda kept Free & AJ, lol

  • THANK GOD!!! 106 & park should have ended when Rocsi & Terrence J left!! For some reason they made the silly decision to hire (& then fire) 4 hosts, then brought on Keshia Chante (who is actually a pretty good host) alongside “Mr. 106 & Park” Bow Wow. Now, the countdown is on until “Planet Groove” returns!! And for the 21 & under audience, don’t worry, y’all still have “Just KeKe.” However, this is the end of an era (DON’T FORGET, Aaliyah’s LAST interview was with AJ & Free on 106 & park)!!!

  • djohn18

    i mean they had two wack hosts and one of them wasnt even black. its time to end the show

  • uniquefashionista

    I watched when Free and A.J. hosted. After that, really didn’t watch anymore. Time changes and it’s hard to let go of a things we loved and grew up to. Eventually, all good things must come to an end. 106 and Park had a good run.

  • live01

    Technology is changing the way businesses and TV is operated. BET cannot compete with youtube and artist are promoting their work in more creative ways. Also that situation with Beyonce and Blue Ivy was just so disrespectful, BET was just over after that for me.

  • Trisha_B

    Even tho I haven’t watched 106 in forever, I am actually sad to see it go. This was the last network to play music videos on cable television, black videos at that. It was the only show where black artist were able to promote their music, albums, & other areas of business. This was the only network where the president & his 1st lady were able to connect to the kids. So w/ this show gone, it may impact the black music business.

    But I do wonder what BET has in the works. As of lately, BET just has rerun shows & movies. I miss when they had celebs do their top 25 countdown.

  • ShyyNicole

    Aj & Free !! But I actually liked the era of tigger & julissa and terrence & rocsi… Bow Wow is cool but i think they just needed someone to match his style. Too bad though

  • Maya

    Free and AJ WERE “106th & Park”. The show should’ve ended soon after TRL ended.

  • WakeUp***FLAWLESS

    Cant say im sad to see the new 106 gone but i sure miss the 106 i came up on,BET really let this show go…i loved free & aj,julissa & tigga,and terrence j,sometimes even rocsi

  • Shea2shy

    It was over in my mind when Free and AJ left

    • MajorKinksnCoils86

      same here, I stopped watching it bc it was not the same lol

  • Trini_Angel

    When AJ and Free left 106 & Park, most fans also left…..including myself!!

  • Rosebayrose

    Finally! The show hasn’t been the same since AJ and Free.

  • LiiSH

    After AJ and Free left, the show should have been cancelled. Even though it was a great platform for the hosts to move on to better things.

  • inyajawbone

    Bring back free and A.J!!!

  • DaisyDuke

    In a time where people no longer have to vote to see their favorite music videos at 6pm on one channel when they could easily go to YouTube and watch whatever video they want, whenever they want, and as many times as they want, it’s not surprising that 106 & Park is calling it quits. I’m actually surprised they lasted this long.

  • LuLu

    Good riddance! Not to sound rude but I was over it after AJ & Free left. It’s definitely for the kids now.

  • Ariel

    Aww, that’s kinda sad but it seems the show was going downhill anyway. BET, bring back some of the old shows like Midnight Love.

    • SheherMe21

      I loved Midnight Love! I thought I was the only one who remembered that show.

    • WakeUp***FLAWLESS

      Yo when i was a kid midnight love came on at 11 so i thought 11 was midnight until i was about 12 lol

    • mono

      The downhill spiral with BET can all be thanks to Debra Hill since 2006. Her choice of programing sucks and I too miss the good ole days of BET. Now its just reruns and the only show I like is Mary Jane.

    • Ariel

      I wander if we can do a petition to bring back the show. If people were able to petition to bring “The Game” back, why can’t we do it for our other favorites?

  • Dawnsana

    I haven’t even read the article yet, the first thing that came to mind is that they should have kept Free and AJ…okay now for me to read the article