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Ellen DeGeneres Convinces HBO to Air Terminally Ill Comedian Quincy Jones' Special

by Jackie Willis 11:43 AM PDT, March 21, 2016
Playing Ellen DeGeneres Convinces HBO to Air Terminally Ill Comedian Quincy Jones' Special

Quincy Jones got quite the surprise upon returning toThe Ellen DeGeneres Show.

After the 32-year-old comedian was diagnosed with terminal cancer, he started working to get his stand-up special to air on either HBO or Netflix. When he first appeared on Ellen earlier this month, the host gave him $10,000 to campaign, but it turns out, all it took was her to make a call.

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"We called the head of HBO, and your people didn't even tell you this, but HBO is gonna air your special," DeGeneres revealed to Jones on Monday's episode. Needless to say, he was shocked.

After being diagnosed with a rare form of terminal cancer in July 2015, Jones decided he wanted to film a stand-up special before he died. His friends began a Kickstarter to raise funds to produce the performance, and while the initial goal was less than $5,000, they've since raised over $50,000.

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During his initial appearance on Ellen, Jones was given a giant check in the amount of $10,000. On his most recent visit, DeGeneres gave him an additional $15,000.

DeGeneres is generous! Jones is to record the special on April 4 at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles, California. It is schedule to air on HBO sometime this spring.

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