HBO Severs Ties With Russell Simmons Amid Sexual Assault Allegations; Network Will Still Release "All Def Comedy" Series – blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ HBO has severed business ties with Russell Simmons amid recent sexual assault allegations. However, a spokesperson for the network released a statement about Simmons’ “All Def Comedy” series. Although HBO will continue with its release, Simmons’ name will be removed, Hollywood Reporter states. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "Russell Simmons will not appear in the new series and we will be removing his name from the show moving forward. The series is a platform for promising and upcoming comedians and we do not want to deprive them of an opportunity to showcase their talents to a national audience. We have no other projects with Russell Simmons,” the spokesperson revealed. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The network’s move comes after Simmons stepped down from all of his businesses. However, the series will still be released on Dec. 1.
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