Most of us remember CNN’s former suavecito, TJ Holmes, gracing the TV screen on Saturday mornings. Truly a face card for the Turner brand for years and most of us were shocked and appalled at the idea that the powers that be would even allow him to part ways with the network! Only to find out he was headed to BET to host his own show … and shortly after, it was cancelled. Leaving us with no “TJ” on TV. In a recent interview, Holmes opened up about his departures from BET and CNN and most importantly what’s next for him!
What happened to your relationship with BET?
The network, they made a decision that they didn’t want the show to come back. That being the case, I don’t have anything else to do at that network. I was only there to do that show for the most part. So if they decide they don’t want the show on the air anymore, then there is no reason for that relationship to continue. So that relationship is over.
Do you regret leaving your position at CNN?
Oh my God, never. Not a regret at all. I mean, mistakes were made along the way. So I’ll see things and can look back on where a mistake was made, but there’s not a regret that I have in life. You make the best decision you can with the information that’s in front of you and things work out, and sometimes they don’t, but as long as you can learn from it and grow from it you’re going to be alright.
Since the last episode of “Don’t Sleep” you’ve filled in on a few occasions on MSNBC. Are you interested in extending that role now that you’re a free agent?
I don’t think there’s any question at this point that I am going to end up back in news. It only became public in recent weeks, but I have known for a while. So I’ve been out there and there are plenty people who are aware. All of the meetings that I’ve been taking at this point have been with networks and having to do with news. The first time that I filled in over at MSNBC, a lot of people noticed it and I got a lot of feedback, but I just missed it. I missed the live news. Just being in that live, daily grind of news. I didn’t realize how much I missed it, because “Don’t Sleep” was a taped show. But when that red light comes on the camera and you’re on the air, it felt great. So I am definitely looking forward to getting back.