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News surfaced Tuesday that BET network is moving its central operations to Viacom’s new hub in New York, with BET CEO Debra Lee moving to Los Angeles and listing her home in Washington for a cool $11.5 million.

The move was announced this week by Lee in a pair of memos to staff. The D.C. office — which had been the central hub for BET since it opened in 1980 — will officially close July 7.

The move out of Washington will also impact BET’s Joyful Noise gospel music franchise, which was the second show that taped in the cable network’s D.C. studios. (Joyful Noise, hosted by Tye Tribbett, was the second-lowest rated show on the network with a total viewership of 13,000.)

After officially opening a church, undertaking a highly successful “Bloody Win Tour” and releasing a brand new record, Tye Tribbett doesn’t seem to be losing any steam from this decision.

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