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

HBO said Monday that it plans to continue Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy series despite accusations of  sexual misconduct  against the hip-hop mogul.

“We do plan to air [‘All Def Comedy’] beginning next week,” HBO said in a statement. “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. 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.

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Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner star in Taylor Sheridan's 'Wind River'
Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner star in Taylor Sheridan's 'Wind River' (Lionsgate Home Entertainment)

Indie crime thriller “Wind River” has been scrubbed of its Weinstein ties, just in time for awards season. 

“Wind River” writer-director Taylor Sheridan and producers Matthew George and Basil Iwanyk have taken the film back from the Weinstein Co. and begun to screen a version of the film free of the distributor’s name, its logo or the name of executive disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein.

Weinstein had an executive producer credit on the film starring Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen when it debuted in theaters to acclaim in August. The debut directorial feature from “Sicario” and Oscar-nominated “Hell or High Water” writer Sheridan nabbed the filmmaker the Cannes Un Certain Regard best directing prize and went on to enjoy a robust $33 million box office, positioning it for an outside shot at an awards run.

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Zinzi Clemmons, a writer for Lena Dunham and Jenny Konner's Lenny Letter, announced her resignation on Sunday in the wake of the women's statement in defense of "Girls" writer-producer Murray Miller, whom actress Aurora Perrineau has accused of rape. 

"For all you writers who are outraged about what she did, I encourage you to do the same," Clemmons wrote in a statement posted on social media Sunday. "Especially women of color. She cannot have our words if she cannot respect us."

Dunham and Konner had defended Miller in a statement to Variety on Friday, saying, "While our first instinct is to listen to every woman’s story, our insider knowledge of Murray’s situation makes us confident that sadly this accusation is one of the 3% of assault cases that are misreported every year."

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Charles Manson attends his parole hearing in 1986.
Charles Manson attends his parole hearing in 1986. (AP Photo/File)

Murderous cult leader Charles Manson died Sunday of natural causes at the age of 83, and Twitter isn't entirely certain what to make of it.

Manson's "family" carried out a series of lurid, bloody murders in 1969, including the killing of pregnant actress Sharon Tate.

Between Tate's murder and Manson's obsession with the Beatles, he quickly became a pop-culture figure. His face, scarred swastika carved into his forehead and all, became synonymous with evil.

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Stagecoach is a good barometer for measuring my career. It’s a chance to check back in on where we’ve been, what we’ve accomplished, what we’re looking forward to since the last time we were here.

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Diana Ross performs onstage during the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Diana Ross performs onstage during the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Diana Ross celebrated her lifetime achievement award at the 2017 American Music Awards with a jubilant, career-spanning medley.

In what’s become her signature grand entrance, the pop diva arrived to the tune of her 1980 Nile Rodgers-produced anthem, “I’m Coming Out.”

With a career that spans nearly 60 years, Ross had a tough task on her hands during her 10-minute segment. She opted for ‘90s tunes like “Take Me Higher” and “The Best Years of My Life” alongside signature hits “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “Ease on Down the Road” from “The Wiz.”  

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ABC's "American Idol" judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan.
ABC's "American Idol" judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan. (Eric Liebowitz)

And this is “American Idol” … on ABC.

Those words may still be jarring for some viewers of the long-running, former Fox competition series, but producers used the 2017 American Music Awards to hype the show’s comeback.

“Tonight the ‘American Idol’ journey begins,” host Ryan Seacrest said in an early spot that aired during the AMAs that kicked off a rarity for ‘American Idol’ – placing voting power in the hands of the public from the get-go.

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Jamie Foxx is flanked by first responders at the 2017 American Music Awards on Sunday. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Jamie Foxx is flanked by first responders at the 2017 American Music Awards on Sunday. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The 2017 American Music Awards on Sunday opened with an emotional salute to emergency personnel, a shout-out to the women speaking out against sexual harassment and a denouncement against the divisive politics that have gripped the country.

Nearly a dozen first responders flanked Jamie Foxx during the show’s cold open.

“We need the power of music to help us heal … 2017 was a year that tested our faith,” said Foxx, honoring the emergency personnel who responded to tragedies from the past year – though it wasn’t said on the telecast what specific events the men and women surrounding him had taken part in.

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Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn. on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 12, 2017.
Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn. on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 12, 2017. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Sen. Al Franken has been edited out of an upcoming PBS special honoring David Letterman following allegations of sexual harassment.

“PBS will air an updated ‘David Letterman: The Mark Twain Prize’ on Monday,” the network said in a statement. “Sen. Al Franken participated in the event, but will not appear substantially in the PBS program.

“PBS and WETA, the producing station, felt that the inclusion of Sen. Franken in the broadcast at this time would distract from the show’s purpose as a celebration of American humor.”

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Jeffrey Tambor may not return to 'Transparent' after allegations of sexual misconduct.
Jeffrey Tambor may not return to 'Transparent' after allegations of sexual misconduct. (Jennifer S. Altman / For The Times)

After being accused of sexual harassment by two women on the set of “Transparent,” Jeffrey Tambor may not return to the Amazon series.

“Playing Maura Pfefferman on ‘Transparent’ has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life,” Tambor said in a statement released Sunday. “What has become clear over the past few weeks, however, is that this is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago.”

A representative close to the situation noted that no final decision about next season has been made by Tambor or Amazon.