Fact Check

No, Will Smith Hasn't Bought BET

A "satire" news article reported that Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith had purchased the BET channel.

Published Feb 15, 2016

Claim:
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have purchased the BET channel.

On 29 January 2016, the web site NahaDaily published an article reporting that Will and Jada Pinkett Smith had purchased the television channel BET:

Will and Jada purchased B.E.T. along with the help of an investment group Thursday afternoon for $600 million in cash.

"What we're going to do is cancel everything on B.E.T. and replace it with things that black people actually like. It's not rocket science." -Will.

NahaDaily is a fake news web site that does not publish any factual articles. A disclaimer on the bottom of the web site states: "NegrosAgainstHairlineAbuse is Satire. Humor. Not Real. :-)"

In addition to the dubious source for this story, BET has not made any recent announcements about a change of ownership. The channel was started by Robert L. Johnson in 1980, and is owned and operated by Black Entertainment Television, LLC (a subsidiary of Viacom).

Dan Evon is a former writer for Snopes.

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