After 14 years on the air, BET’s “106 & Park” aired its final episode on Friday. During the live two-hour “final act,” the original hosts AJ and Free returned to reminisce on highlights from the show’s historic run.
Keyshia Cole and Wale, who launched their careers on the “106” stage, stopped by to hang with the livest audience one last time, while Big Sean, Ne-Yo, Ashanti, and Common taped farewell messages.
A passionate Wale spoke from the heart. “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,” he said. “Don’t ever get it twisted by no blog or no Internet people. This is our culture. Our parents had ‘Soul Train’ and ‘American Bandstand,’ we had ‘106 & Park.'”
Nicki Minaj was the final guest on Thursday and sat down with Terrence and Rocsi to discuss the show’s legacy and her new album The Pinkprint.
“Can’t believe this show is coming to an end,” said Nicki. “It’s given me the best moments with my fans that I’ll cherish for a lifetime.”
In 2015, BET plans to take the show digital via BET.com and its social media platforms. There are still plans to produce “106 & Park” specials throughout the year, including the annual New Year’s Eve show, “106 & Party,” along with live event experiences at the BET Awards and BET Experience.
Say goodbye to “106” by watching some of the nostalgic moments below.