After more than three decades and five administrations, “Christmas in Washington,” the celebrity-packed holiday special attended by the First Family, won’t be returning for its 34th holiday season. After many decades on air, “Christmas in Washington” is officially canceled. The cable channel which usually broadcasts the show decided not to air, and you can be certain that Obama did nothing to save the long-standing tradition of celebrating Christmas at the White House.
After last year’s show, hosted by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, TNT announced that it would no longer broadcast the Christmas special, ending a 15-year partnership with veteran producer George Stevens Jr. and his son, Michael. The Stevenses, who had just been ousted as the producers of the Kennedy Center Honors gala, said they were in search of a new broadcast partner.
But a new network sponsor was never found, and according to the Stevens Co., the 2014 broadcast was the last.
“Christmas in Washington,” which began in 1982, was like a grade-school pageant on steroids. The night was filled with marquee musicals acts such as Earth, Wind & Fire, Tim McGraw, Gloria Estefan, Justin Bieber and Mariah Carey, who crooned Christmas classics on stage while the first family and other Washington VIPs sang along from the audience.
For the big finale everyone, including the first family, headed to the stage for hand-holding, hugging and a big singalong. It was a hot holiday ticket and decades-long tradition.