HBO WIll Air Russell Simmons new season of ‘All Def Comedy’!

With Russell Simmons the latest Hollywood figure to be named in a sexual misconduct scandal, HBO has said that it plans to move forward with the return of Simmons’ “Def Comedy”...

With Russell Simmons the latest Hollywood figure to be named in a sexual misconduct scandal, HBO has said that it plans to move forward with the return of Simmons’ “Def Comedy” series.

“We do plan to air [All Def Comedy] beginning next week,” said a representative from HBO who on Monday released a statement to The Times. “The show is a platform for promising new artists and we want them to have the opportunity to showcase their talent to a national audience.”

Simmons’ “Def Comedy Jam,” which first aired on the network from 1992 to 1997, was lauded for creating a platform for black stand-up comics who were otherwise underrepresented on television. Some of the famous names whose careers were boosted by appearing on the series include D.L Hughley, Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence. A star-studded anniversary special, “Def Comedy 25,” arrived on

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The series returned to HBO in 2006 and 2008 with Simmons as executive producer. Last November an “All Def Comedy” special aired on the network and led to the return of the series, which is scheduled to premiere Dec. 1 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons onstage at the 46th NAACP Image Awards in Pasadena in 2015. (Chris Pizzello)

A hip-hop mogul who co-founded Def Jam Records, Simmons was recently accused of sexual misconduct stemming from an alleged incident involving Brett Ratner in 1991 that was recounted by a then-17-year-old fashion model, Keri Claussen Khalighi. Simmons has disputed the claim. “Everything that occurred between Keri and me occurred with her full consent and participation,” he said in a statement.

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