“Bobby Jones Gospel” Takes Final Bow on BET After 35-Year Run


The curtain officially closed on one of cable’s longest-running programs, which also happens to be a Christian show featuring gospel music.

For 35 years, Bobby Jones has been the face of a successful series based on his exuberant personality, passion, and flair – which explains why the show could go by no other name than his own: “Bobby Jones Gospel.”

The weekly BET broadcast showcased soul-stirring spiritual music from gospel legends and rising stars alike.

Last Sunday, many of them returned to perform and pay homage to Jones, hailed as the “ambassador of gospel music.”

“This stage would be empty,” acknowledged recording artist Kirk Franklin, who gained popularity and acceptance after first appearing on Jones’ program in the 1990s.

“There would be no Kirk Franklin, no Tye Tribbett, no John P. Kee, no Fred Hammond, no James Fortune, no Isaac Carree: without the vision, the sacrifice, the labor, the love, the tears, the blood, [and] the sweat of an icon,” he declared of the gospel trailblazer.

Franklin kicked off the show with a medley and introduced Jones to the studio audience, describing the host and executive producer as his personal hero.

Other special guests included Hezekiah Walker, Yolanda Adams, Fred Hammond, Vickie Winans and the Chicago Mass Choir.

In 2013, Jones told CBN News it was a privilege to work on the show, which he saw as a vehicle to bring people joy, love, peace, and happiness.”

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John Jessup