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BET to cancel Celebration Of Gospel?


More than 2.6 million total viewers
tuned in to BET’s annual special “Celebration of Gospel” when it premiered on
April 6, making it the number one gospel/religious telecast on TV for 14
consecutive years.


 

A celebration of faith through
music, this year’s special featured an all-star roster of performances
including Tamela Mann, Kem, Yolanda Adams,
Charlie Wilson, Zacardi Cortez, SWV, Candice Glover, Donnie McClurkin, Tasha Page Lockart, India Arie, Jonathan
McReynolds, Erica Campbell, Rance Allen Group, Tasha Cobbs, Tye Tribbett, Le’Andria Johnson
and a host of others.
Despite its stellar ratings and
continued success, BET revealed during their upfront presentation to advertisers
in New York that “Celebration of Gospel” would not return as one of  its
“Mega-Specials.” The network is bringing back the “BET Awards,” “Black Girls
Rock,” “BET Hip Hop Awards,” and “BET Honors.”
 “Celebration of Gospel” premiered in 2000 and
comedian Steve Harvey hosted the show for 13
years. The “Original Kings of Comedy” funnyman didn’t return for the 2014
special due to his hectic schedule.
Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson took over “COG” as the host
for the first time during this year’s telecast.
In 2010, Grammy winner Whitney Houston made a surprise appearance on
“Celebration of Gospel,” where she performed a duet of her hit single ‘I Look
To You’ with best friend Kim Burrell
The special, which aired in
2011, would be one of Houston’s last television appearances before dying in
2012.
BET said they “had no idea” why the
network has opted to cancel the top-rated special.

In December 2012, Holmes’ show was
quietly canceled and BET never commented on the matter again. 
 As of May 5, 2014, BET has yet to
respond to official inquiries about the cancellation of “COG.” Speculations
state that the network’s decision to end the 14-year franchise is based off the
advertising department’s inability to sell the show to sponsors. Because “COG”
is not financially lucrative for BET despite good ratings, they have opted to
end the special.
The network is overwhelmed by the response and outcry from
the faith-based community regarding the demise of “COG” and could potentially
reconsider. As of now, the show remains canceled. 
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