BET's music video countdown show 106 & Park wrapped up its 14-year run on broadcast television Dec. 19. The show, which saw its ratings drop consistently in recent years, will continue in a web-only format and stream from BET.com. Annual specials like the New Year Eve's episodes will continue to air on the network.
Original hosts Free and A.J. returned for the two-hour sendoff, joined by former hosts Terrence and Rocsi, Bow Wow and Keshia Chante, and Big Tigger and Julissa. Celebrity guests, including Wale and Keyshia Cole, popped up to reminisce about memorable moments on the show and to view performances from Fabolous and Ne-Yo.
"They tryna get rid of this. They tryna get rid of our voice. They tryna get rid of our style. They tryna get rid of our culture, they tryna dilute it. Don't ever get it twisted by no blog or no Internet people," warned the MMG rapper. "This is our culture. Our parents had 'Soul Train' and 'American Bandstand,' we had."
The last official guest was Young Money rapper Nicki Minaj, who stopped by on Thursday to promote her latest album, The Pinkprint. "[This show has] given me the best moments with my fans that I'll cherish for a lifetime," said the rapper.
BET's president of music programming, Stephen Hill, seemed upbeat about the show's future. "It will 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," said Hill in a statement. "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."
Photo Credit: Getty Images // Thinkstock