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Closing Remarks (from Dec. 19 episode of “Don’t sleep”)

On our premiere night of “Don’t Sleep,” I was given something that stayed in my dressing room the entire season.  It’s a quote that reads … “you are not here merely to make a living.  You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement.  You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget that errand.”

I must admit: there were times I almost forgot my errand.  Whether it was the stress of launching a new show, trying to appease TV critics, or doing what I thought was necessary to get ratings … at times, I felt like I was getting off course.

So, this is where I’d like to say ‘thank you’ to you, the audience, for not letting us forget our errand and for not letting us forget why we’re here.    

We’re here because our community needs an outlet like this.  A place where we can have a voice. 

Make no mistake, we always intended to have fun.  Along the way, we’ve had a couple of Olympic gold medalists, Brad Pitt showed us some love, Kevin Hart told me he’s had seven heart attacks, Hill Harper gave me a bottle of no-hater spray, Sherri Shepherd gave me some hair weave, and Montel Williams gave me some weed.

But, we also talked about the prison industrial complex and what the business of prisons is doing to our community.  We debated the effectiveness of affirmative action.  We even made 2 Chainz politically relevant.  And, we spent an hourlong show on violence in Chicago.  Your support and your response let us know that “Don’t Sleep” matters.

We learned along the way and got better along the way.  We certainly haven’t been perfect.  But, as my pastor reminds me, even if you’ve made mistakes, you’re far ahead of those who aren’t even trying.

It has been our privilege to have you support us.

Don’t you dare start sleeping now

Comments

Renee Jean-Charles
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So sorry to see the show go off-air but T.J. I love your work. Where ever you go be it T.V. Radio, Writing Magazine Articles or Books I will keep reading, watching, and listening. Don’t you sleep on us, we need you!

Sandra
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Dear TJ,
Just remember you have a lot to give. We miss you a lot. Keep us posted on your next endeavor.

Tee
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Just wondering why this show failed when the reality shows are booming. It just doesn’t add up. We have to do better and learn to support things that are positive.

Lee king
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I did not know the show had been cancelled. I just thought it was on hiatus. I have waiting for the show to come back, but now I know. Thanks TJ good luck in future endeavors. You did make a difference. Congratulations on your newest family member.

R Weaver
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Dang man, Had my Tivo ready for you to start cranking out new knowledge on your show. Before you went on BET I never watched it. And other than your show I never watched it.

I liked you at CNN but was always wonders why you and D lemon was on the news desk why all the new people i’ve never seen before got their own show. Hopefully wherever you land they give you your own show and the creative control to do your will. I remember what BET did to Tavis and alot of people wrote him off when he went to PBS but he made his show his own, and I hope you find that type of freedom too.

C. Walker
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Really miss TJ Holmes. Wishing you a speedy return to our airways BUT only on your own terms.

Valarie
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Dear TJ
I loved your work on CNN. I hope to see you back in the anchor chair full time. You would be a great morning show host. You bring professionalism, and journalistic integrity to the airwaves. You, Don Lemon, Soledad O’Brien, and Diane Sawyer are my favorite journalists. Wishing you the best. Congrats on the new addition to your family.

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