AJ & Free Return for BET '106 & Park' Reboot, Revealed as April Fools' Day Joke
If you were a fan of the former BET music video show, 106 & Park, then you are all too familiar with the show's original hosts, Marie "Free" Wright and A.J. Calloway. They parted ways back in the early 2000s and set the bar pretty high for their successors, leaving fans wondering if they would ever return to the network. Late last week, it seemed that those wishes were finally answered when news spread that the hosts would be returning to BET for a reboot of the show, but it all turned out to be an April Fools' Day prank.
A good April Fools' joke will always have people wondering if what they heard that day, is actually true, despite the fact that they heard it on the most suspicious day of the year. A.J. Calloway sparked a frenzy when he posted the joke on Twitter and Instagram. It had some media outlets and former fans of the show believing that it could actually be true.
According to EUR, the current on-air talent of Extra posted an old photo of him and his former co-host on the old 106 & Park set, with a caption that promoted the reboot of the show, supposedly titled 106 & Park: After Dark. While it certainly sounded believable, many still questioned the validity of the post. After all, as VIBE pointed out, "It's April Fools', which means you can't trust anyone or anything you read and hear."
It's happening!!! The OG's of @BET 's #106andPark are returning for a reboot of the show!!! Get ready world!!! 106 and Park After Dark is coming!!!! @missfreemarie @ajcalloway are back!!! Thank you @stephengranthill and @IamDebraLee
A photo posted by AJCalloway (@ajcalloway) on Apr 1, 2016 at 2:36am PDT
With so many naysayers and skeptics, Calloway took it a step further and enlisted the help of former Destiny's Child member, Kelly Rowland, who visited the Extra set to promote her new BET show, Chasing Destiny. Calloway used her presence as way to further persuade his followers that 106 & Park: After Dark was on the way:
Y'all ain't ready! #106andParkAfterDark A video posted by AJCalloway (@ajcalloway) on Apr 1, 2016 at 7:50am PDT
In another, rather vulgar celebrity endorsement of the prank, Calloway allowed The Wire actor Michael K. Williams to explain whether or not the show's reboot was real or all in fun for April Fools' Day.
WARNING: Explicit Language/Content in Instagram Video:
A video posted by AJCalloway (@ajcalloway) on Apr 1, 2016 at 7:15pm PDT
It would've been great if the reboot was really happening, but it looks like we were all fooled for a while!