HBO Removes Russell Simmons From ‘All Def Comedy’ After He Stepped Down From His Other Companies
Things aren’t lookin’ too great for Russell Simmons. Earlier today, the multimillionaire businessman turned heads when he released a statement stepping down from his companies, and now it looks like a domino effect is taking place. According to Variety, HBO has decided to cut remove Russell Simmons from All Def Comedy. Although Simmons is one of the creators of the series, he won’t be part of it anymore.
HBO Cut Ties:
On November, 30, HBO released a statement addressing its decision to sever ties with Simmons amid the sexual misconduct allegations he’s currently facing. While the series will air as planned, Russell Simmons is no longer be making an appearance. “HBO will be airing All Def Comedy as planned. However, 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.”
Admission To Guilt?:
By now, most people know Russell Simmons has adamantly denied all of the claims against him arguing that it was always consensual. However, with so many women coming forward, people are really starting to question Russell’s definition of “consensual.” Then to make matters worse, more than one woman has claimed Russell and his friend, video producer Brett Ratner were allegedly “in it together” on many occasions. The latest news follows Russell’s decision to step down from his companies. According to USA Today, On Thursday, Nov. 30, Russell released a lengthy statement announcing his departure from the companies. He also issued a statement of apology to the ladies he’s hurt.
“This is a time of great transition … I don’t want to be a distraction so I am removing myself from the businesses that I founded,” he wrote. “As for me, I will step aside and commit myself to continuing my personal growth, spiritual learning and above all to listening.”
Russell revealed his companies will be run by a “new and diverse generation of extraordinary executives” and that he is converting his studio for yogic science into a not-for-profit center of “learning and healing.”