Bishop T.D. Jakes just got a REAL reminder that God don’t like ugly. A few months after throwing a little shade at The Real saying it was struggling without host Tamar Braxton, Tegna has decided not to renew his self-titled The T.D. Jakes Show.
Apparently Jakes was the one with poor ratings. After only six months, the show, which was only cleared in about 60% of the country, has officially been canceled.
“We are really proud of T.D. Jakes,” said Bob Sullivan, Tegna senior VP of programming. “The economics of daytime, not Jakes or the quality of the show itself, is what has taken us out of play for the second season, which is frustrating.”
The show premiered in Fall 2016 and aired primarily on Tegna-owned stations and re-aired on OWN at 5 p.m. ET. After two months of poor ratings, however, OWN executives moved the show from its daily evening slot to Sunday mornings, where the show ran as a marathon starting at 8 a.m. ET through the early afternoon.
Meanwhile, The Real, which Jakes mocked during his December sit-down with Tamar, has been renewed for a fourth season.
“I don’t know if you know this, but ‘The Real’ has been struggling a little bit without you,” Jakes said. Braxton replied, jokingly: “Ain’t that terrible, Lord Jesus? Help them Lord! Save it! Resuscitate!” Laughing and edging her on, Jakes continued, “I don’t think He heard you.”
Fans immediately began posting messages under the clip that Braxton shared on Instagram calling Jakes “messy” and “shady” for instigating such behavior.
We’re not sure if Jakes actually had his facts straight, though. Ratings for the WB/ Telepictures show actually were up after Tamar’s departure and they have even had A-listers like Jennifer Lopez, Taraji P. Henson and Gabrielle Union on the couch in recent months.