Jamie Foxx To Bring Back ‘Showtime At The Apollo’ On BET As An Executive Producer

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We can’t think of a better person to bring this show back, let’s go Jamie!

Jamie Foxx is fired up about bringing back “Showtime at the Apollo.” When Foxx took the stage at the Apollo in the Hamptons benefit at Ronald Perelman’s East Hampton estate Saturday night, he announced that he’ll be bringing back the variety show that ended its 21-year run in 2008. It included performances by professionals and amateurs who were sometimes booed off the stage, including Foxx as a young comedian. He said, “The Apollo did it long before ‘American Idol,’ except the audience were the judges.” Foxx will executive-produce the show for BET. Other performers at the bash, which raised more than $1 million for Harlem education programs, were Alicia Keys, Jon Bon Jovi and Apollo legends Ben E. King and Bettye LaVette. Those in the audience included Matt Lauer, Richard Gere, LA Reid, Ron Meyer, Penny Marshall, Pharrell Williams, Jimmy Buffett, Google’s Eric Schmidt, City Council Speaker Chris Quinn and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

The ‘Apollo’ has been a staple in most of our lives for a long time now, and brought us a bevy of laughs and cringes. We’re definitely looking forward to seeing Jamie’s take on the show.

Are you as excited as we are for the return of ‘Apollo’?

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