Beyonce may be at fault for one of BET’s former highest-rated shows ‘106 & Park’.
Several outlets are alleging that the network pulled the plug on the program earlier today following the backlash that came following Karrueche Tran’s diss towards Blue Ivy, criticising the young girl’s hair and how it appeared ‘nappy’ during an outing.
Following the outrageous claims, Karrueche offered an apology, stating that she was only following what the teleprompter had said while BET execs ended up taking the show off the air for an entire week following fan’s outrage.
It’s a given fact that ‘106 and Park’ was once the most-watched show on BET, but as the hosts and format of the program have changed, viewers quickly started to decline which begs the question whether or not viewers are to blame for the axe or whether Beyonce was at fault.
It seems odd that BET would give up on a show that has been running for fourteen years, so here’s our theory…
BET has been planning this move to cancel the show ever since the Blue Ivy hair diss was made. Beyonce’s fans are crazy — crazy enough to get the program shut down for an entire week.
During the last few weeks, the execs may have been trying to figure out a plan to distance themselves from the drama that was caused in that episode which reportedly caused a 15% drop in the ratings from that point on.
And with the show already having suffered a rating drops, signs were clearly pointing at a cancellation at that point.
Which leads to the just-announced news that ‘106 and Park’ will now become part of the BET site where fans can still check up on the latest news — it just won’t be on television. So in some sense it’ll just become another blog which updates you on new music videos, etc.
Stephen Hill, President over at BET who also made the call to take down the show after the Beyonce scandal, said the following:
“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.”
In conclusion, Beyonce not only made the show suffer in the ratings after the Blue Ivy comments, she managed to pull the show off air for good.
Word at the time of the Blue Ivy comment was that many musicians who were scheduled to appear on the show for an interview had canceled, supposedly not wanting to think that they support that kind of shenanigan of a reckless network.