The longest running original series in the history of cable television and the top Sunday morning program on BET Networks, ” Bobby Jones Gospel” will come to an end after 35 years on air this season. BET announced the cancellation of the show during its annual upfront meeting yesterday.
In an interview host of the program and gospel recording artist, Dr. Bobby Jones, 75, thanked his fans and BET Networks and said he looks forward to a continued relationship, but as for the show he pioneered, “it’s the end.”
The resplendent host from Henry, TN provided a national platform for many of the gospel artists we listen to today. Some of the top artists in the Gospel music industry first appeared before a television viewing audience by performing on the “Bobby Jones Gospel” stage. Jones says he gave mega gospel star Kirk Franklin his first exposure.
Franklin and Yolanda Adams celebrated Dr. Bobby Jones’ groundbreaking work with a soul stirring performance in tribute to his phenomenal work on BET Networks throughout the years.
BET promises this farewell season will be the best yet, with the final season featuring “gospel music’s most talented entertainers, choirs, evangelists, and newcomers appearing to wish Dr. Bobby Jones well wishes, tune in for a season filled with jubilant performances and mesmerizing interviews.”
What next for the Grammy award winning television trailblazer?
Says Jones, “We will see. I plan to maintain my brand name through BET and I know I’ll be doing something with Celebration of Gospel. . .”