T.J. Holmes, host of BET’s “Don’t Sleep” recently chatted about the show’s recent changes with the Power 105.1 Breakfast Club.
After debuting only a month-and-a-half ago, the news talk show went from a four-night-per-week half-hour broadcast to a one-hour weekly series.
Some say BET made a hasty decision to shorten T.J.’s TV time and should have let the show, aimed at 25-34-year-olds, grow a little more before making changes.
“I didn’t know where BET was on my cable lineup when they called and started talking about the show,” he said. The former CNN anchor also admitted during the interview that he broke his pledge to never use the N-word again.
“As soon as I walk out of this room, I’m probably going to drop it 20 times before I get downstairs,” Holmes, 35, said on “The Breakfast Club,” New York’s WWPR-FM, which calls itself Power 105.1. “I went through a thing about giving up the N-Word,” but “I had to bring it back.” Holmes agreed with one of the show’s hosts, known as ‘Charlamagne Tha God,’ that “there’s just certain folks you run into and there ain’t no other word you can come up with . . . We all know it’s a vile, it’s a disgusting word and I don’t think it necessarily should have a place.”
He added that the word has been commercialized and its historical effect has worn off on this generation.