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Aries Spears (right) opened up about a career-ending lawsuit against him on Tuesday's episode of his "Spears and Steinberg" podcast.

Spears, 47, and fellow disgraced comedian Tiffany Haddish, 42, were named in a lawsuit filed by a 22-year-old woman in Los Angeles.

The woman, identified as Jane Doe, filed the lawsuit on behalf of herself and her 15-year-old brother, John Doe.

The lawsuit accuses Haddish and Spears of making Jane and John perform sexual acts in several video skits without their mother's knowledge or approval. The children were 14 and 7 at the time.

In the podcast, alongside Andy Steinberg, Spears maintained his innocence and insisted he is being extorted for money.

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"Listen, this is an extortion case," he said. This is a shake down. And I didn't need my lawyer to tell me this, but, you know, I'm gonna act on her words. We won't be shaken down."

Spears said he wants to talk about the skit that went viral last week. The skit shows 7-year-old John Doe in his underwear, while Spears rubs baby oil on his back and leers at the boy through eye holes cut out of a newspaper.

"Believe me, its bothering me not to talk about the skit, because Andy and I have been talking about it, and there's some very valid things I feel like I have to say or want to say, but just can't at this time. And I'm no coward, I'm not running from anything and I'm not guilty of anything."

Spears went on to say he believes he is being shaken down because of an old Arnold Schwarzenegger comedy skit he did.

"You guys didn't know it at the time, and I couldn't say it at the time, but that's what this is about. That's what this is about. It's a shakedown and an extortion."

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David A. Arnold, comedian and creator of Nickelodeon's "That Girl Lay Lay," died suddenly on Wednesday. He was 54.

"It is with great sadness that we confirm the untimely passing of our husband, father, brother and friend, David A. Arnold," Arnold's family said in a statement on Thursday.

"David passed away peacefully today in his home and doctors have ruled the cause of death due to natural causes. Please keep our family in prayer and respect our privacy at this time as we are all shocked and [devastated] by this loss."

Industry insiders were shocked by the news of his passing.

"Wow. He was my friend from my hometown of Cleveland," said lifestyle blogger Tammie Reed, of TalkingwithTami.com.

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Chris Spencer, a comedian and close friend of Arnold, said the comedy community "mourns the loss of one of the greatest to ever do it." Spencer added that Arnold, pictured with his wife Julie Harkness Arnold, was "admired by his peers, respected by other veterans, and revered by the burgeoning comedians that he mentored. He will be deeply missed, especially by his comedy fraternity."

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Arnold was a stand-up comedian and the creator, showrunner and executive producer of Nickelodeon's live-action comedy "That Girl Lay Lay," starring rapper Alaya High (right) as an artificially intelligent avatar that comes to life.

The comedy series premiered in September 2021 and was renewed for Season 2 in January 2022.

Arnold is survived by his wife of 19 years, Julie, and their teenage daughter, Anna Grace Arnold.

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A 2018 video that shows Katt Williams criticizing fellow comedian Tiffany Haddish resurfaced on Friday.

In the video, Williams slammed Haddish, saying she wasn't funny after her breakout role in the 2017 comedy film Girls Trip.

Williams said Haddish didn't deserve the praise and adulation that the media lavished on her because he didn't think she was funny.

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Williams was not the only comedian who was unimpressed by Haddish. The Emmy-winning comedian criticized her during a guest appearance on V-103's Frank and Wanda Show in 2018.

"She ain't done a tour yet. She ain't done a special," Williams said. "She has not proven the ability to tell jokes back-to-back for an hour to nobody."
 

 
RELATED: Tiffany Haddish, Aries Spears Accused of Sexually Abusing Children in New Lawsuit
 
The video of Williams' rant resurfaced after a 22-year-old woman filed a lawsuit against Haddish and fellow comic Aries Spears on Tuesday.

In the lawsuit, filed on behalf of the woman's 15-year-old brother, the plaintiff accused Haddish, 42, and Spears, 47, of "intentional infliction of emotional distress, gross negligence, sexual battery, sexual harassment, and sexual abuse of a minor"

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Haddish and Spears allegedly recruited the two siblings to appear in sexually inappropriate "comedy skits."

The incidents allegedly occurred when the plaintiffs were 14 and 7 years old in 2013 and 2014.

Jane Doe, who is her brother's legal guardian, said she was "physically, emotionally, and mentally uncomfortable" by Haddish and Spears' instructions in the inappropriate skits.

One of the videos titled "Through a Pedophile's Eyes," features Haddish playing the boy's mother and Spears portraying a pedophile uncle.

That video resurfaced and went viral on Friday, sparking a huge public outcry on Twitter.


 

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Chelsea Handler is back on the market after announcing her break up from fellow comedian Jo Koy.

In May, the comedienne took to Instagram to gush about the "best boyfriend I've ever had."

The couple began dating in August 2021 after a 20-year friendship.

In an "appreciation post" on May 18, Handler, 47, explained why Koy, 51, was the perfect man for her.

"This is an appreciation post for the man who turns on my rain machine every night, even though you hate my choice of rain (thunderstorm) and even though I'm only putting it on to drown out your CPAP machine (Sleep apnea,)" Handler wrote.

"Thanks for carrying around an extra lip balm for me because you know I will lose mine and for never letting me carry my own purse, or really anything for that matter. Thanks for loving my dogs the way you do and for always making sure I double bolt my lock in every hotel room," she added.

"I never thought I even wanted someone to look after me this way, but I do. You're the best boyfriend I've ever had. (Shout out to all my exes.) Let's inspire the people who haven't found their person yet, that real love is coming your way and it's out there in all sorts of shapes, colors and sizes! Mahal Kita @jokoy you saved me."

In April, Handler said Koy has "redeemed my faith in men," and she said he called her cellulite "sexy: the more the merrier."

On Monday, July 18, Handler announced her break up with Koy on Instagram.

She posted a video that the two planned to share on their one-year anniversary.

In the caption, she wrote, "It is with a heavy heart to announce that we have decided together that it is best for us to take a break from our relationship right now."

"I know many of you were invested in our love, and I wanted to express to you how much that meant to both of us. How much it still means. And how much I now believe in love for each one of us," she wrote.

"This man blew my heart open with love and because of him, my life experience has changed forever... He renewed my faith in men, in love, in being 100% who I am, and I've never been more optimistic for the future."

"I still believe that my person is coming, whether that is Jo Koy at a certain time or if it's not, I accept that," she added.

Their friends hope the breakup is only temporary.

"Their friends are hoping they can still work it out. But if anything, it's clear their relationship has changed them both for the better," the source told PEOPLE.

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However, some fans aren't buying the break up story.

"I'm starting to think [your] breakup is not real," one fan wrote on Instagram. "Are you guys in some strange way joking with all of us . Two people who seem so incredibly happy and in love does not make sense that you would end it . Life is too short for bullshit . Think this out..."

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Stand-up comedian Jak Knight's cause of death was determined to be suicide and the manner of death is a gunshot wound to the head. He was 28.

Knight was found on a Los Angeles embankment on July 14, 2022. He was suffering from a gunshot wound to the head and later pronounced dead.

Knight's family refused to release details, such as the time he was found. They confirmed only that he passed away on Thursday.

Knight was best known for co-creating and starring in Peacock series Bust Down with Chris Redd and Sam Jay. He was a writer on the hit comedy TV series Black-ish, and he worked on the HBO series Pause With Sam Jay.

Fellow stand-up comedians paid tribute to the rising star on social media. Comedian Phoebe Robinson called Knight "A brilliant stand-up comic and dope person."

"Rest In Peace Jak Knight. Hilarious comedian and a great guy. I can't believe it," Eternals' star Kumail Nanjiani tweeted.

"You ever juke on a girl while drunk crying about Jak Knight dying? 10/10 experience," wrote Broad City's Hannibal Buress posted.

"Jak Knight was hilarious. His voice in comedy will be missed," Workaholics star Blake Anderson wrote.

Knight's family asked for privacy "during this extremely difficult time," a rep said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Comedy legend Gilbert Gottfried died on Tuesday, April 12, following a long illness. He was 67.

His family broke the news of Gottfried's death in posts on his Instagram and Twitter accounts.

"We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our beloved Gilbert Gottfried after a long illness. In addition to being the most iconic voice in comedy, Gilbert was a wonderful husband, brother, friend and father to his two young children."

In a statement to PEOPLE, his friend and publicist Glenn Schwartz confirmed Gottfried's death was the result of "Recurrent Ventricular Tachycardia due to Myotonic Dystrophy type II."

In his final Instagram post, Gottfried showed support for his friend and fellow comedian Chris Rock, who was assaulted by actor Will Smith during the Oscars on March 27.

"Which is the worst crime? Chris Rock being physically assaulted or Chris Rock telling a joke?" Gottfried wrote on March 28, alongside a photo of himself with Rock.
 

Gottfried was best known as the voice of the Aflac duck for the insurance company Aflac. He was fired by the insurance giant in 2011 for tweeting jokes about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Gottfried also voiced the bird Iago in Disney's 1992 classic Aladdin. And he worked alongside his friend Chris Rock in various movie projects, including two Eddie Murphy films, Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) and Doctor Dolittle (1998).

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Tip "T.I." Harris (left) appeared to settle his differences with comedian Godfrey, who suggested the rapper should keep his day job after hearing his comedy routine.

Aspiring comedian T.I. ruffled a few feathers by asking veteran comedians to let him follow their headlining sets rather than open for them.

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Apparently, T.I. doesn't think a superstar should have to follow anyone's act.

Several comedians took offense to the rapper bogarting their headlining sets. But only one comedian - Godfrey - spoke out publicly.

T.I. was outraged after Godfrey said he didn't take the rapper seriously as a comedian.

As the controversy escalated on social media, Nick Cannon, who hired Godfrey as a writer for his talk show, offered to arrange a meeting between T.I. and Godfrey to clear the air.

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T.I. went straight for Godfrey's jugular when the two finally did hook up via live-stream.

"If you don't like it, come get me off stage then, if that's how you feel. Or let the crowd boo me off stage," the outraged rapper told Godfrey.

He added:

"I don't give a f*** how long you been doing it. I don't give a f*** what you gotdamn had to go through that I don't got to go through. That's yo' problem!"

In a later discussion, T.I. had a change of heart. A much calmer T.I. said:

"It's important for us to have this conversation publicly because it's a public matter. And it's important for the world to see Black men resolve our issues amicably."

He went on to say that his foray into comedy was simply a hand up to comedians who have been struggling to make it big.

T.I. suggested that there isn't enough money in comedy for him to take it seriously. He said that he's only helping comedians and not trying to eat off their plates.

Watch the video below.
 

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Tip "T.I." Harris is apparently experiencing a midlife crisis. The Grammy Award-winning platinum rapper decided to try his hand as a stand-up comedian at age 41.

But his midlife career change as a comedian is not getting the support from other comedians who worked hard to achieve their success.

In fact, some veteran comedians are insulted that T.I. is doing stand-up comedy.

Veteran comedian Godrey spoke out disapprovingly after T.I. showed up at his comedy gig in Atlanta and asked to follow his headlining set. Godfrey said he didn't take the rapper seriously as a comedian.

"As a headliner, no one is supposed to go up after you. You're not a comedian to me," Godfrey said in a recent podcast.

Godfrey suggested that T.I. was using his clout to perform at popular comedy shows with no comedy experience.

Godfrey advised T.I. to work his way up by performing at open mic nights. He said that a comedian wouldn't show up at a rap concert asking to go on after the headliner.
 

 
Godfrey's criticism cut T.I. deeply.

In a video posted on his Instagram account, T.I. claimed he was invited to the comedy club by the owners, and he called Godfrey a dry hater.

Question: Should T.I. keep his day job?

Watch the video below.

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Dave Chappelle is enjoying the controversy surrounding his latest Netflix special The Closer.

The comedian took the stage at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on Thursday night for a screening of his documentary and addressed multiple petitions for his show to be pulled from Netflix.

"If this is what being canceled is about, I love it," he joked. "I don't know what to tell you, except I'm a bad motherf**ker.

"This is the kindness conspiracy," he said, before insisting Americans "have to trust one another."

Chappelle also reportedly said "F*ck Twitter," prompting applause from the crowd.

The funnyman, continued his personal war on transgender men and women throughout The Closer.

Chappelle, 48, clarified that he's not saying "trans women" aren't women. "I'm just saying that [the genitalia] that they got..." is "not quite what it is - is it?"
 

 
Chappelle has upset officials at the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) once again with his remarks.

Amongst various comments, he sides with Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, who became a target of activists last year after offering up her controversial views on transgender women.

Despite the backlash, Chappelle's new special has raced to the top five on Netflix's list of the most popular films and series on the platform in the U.S.

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Chris Rock (with his pal Dave Chappelle) made a surprise appearance at a New York jazz club to joke about his battle with COVID (watch video below).

Chris announced he had a breakthrough case of the virus last month.

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Chris stepped out in public for the first time with his daughter on Oct. 2.

Then on Tuesday, he showed up and turned a Robert Glasper residency at the Blue Note Jazz Club into an impromptu comedy set with Chappelle.

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"Yes! I'm back from the dead! I had COVID. I had motherf**king COVID. Goddamnit," said Chris. "It wasn't quite as hard as being black, but it was close... That's why everyone's trying to avoid it man."

According to one attendee, even Glasper had no idea the two comedians would be there.

"They just showed up unannounced, and introduced [Glasper]," the insider told Page Six.

The star-studded crowd included actors Jeffrey Wright, Hill Harper and rapper Talib Kweli.

After the show, Rock and Chappelle met up with Kanye West, Busta Rhymes, and Saturday Night Live star Michael Che, to celebrate Kweli's birthday, as well as Dave's new Netflix special, according to Page Six.
 

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Lil Duval sent a clear message to aspiring female entrepreneurs and side hustlers who flaunt their wealth and material gains on Instagram.

There are an abundance of independently wealthy women on Instagram whose motto is: "Don't depend on a rich man. Become a rich woman."

Women have been doing it for themselves for decades. But social media - particularly Instagram - ushered in a new era of women who show off their wealth to an audience of millions.

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Lil Duval has a message for women who chase dollars instead of men.
 

 
On Tuesday, the comedian-turned-rapper tweeted:

"Women been doing a lot of flexing lately which is cool but I don't think most of them fully understand what comes with that. You an easier target to rob."


 


 
The Internet was intrigued by Duval's post. Many agreed with his message that women are putting themselves at risk by flossing on social media.
 

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Actor and comedian Anthony Johnson died after he was found lifeless in a store and rushed to a hospital earlier this month. He was 55.

His death was confirmed by his nephew, who told TMZ Johnson was pronounced dead at the hospital earlier this month. No cause of death was disclosed.

Anthony is best known for his comedic roles in Friday (1995), Menace II Society (1993) and The Players Club (1998).

Johnson's career took off in 1990 after he landed the role of E.Z.E. in House Party and he went on to do stand-up comedy in Los Angeles clubs.

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He also appeared in the films Lethal Weapon 3 and in nearly 50 films and TV shows, including Moesha, Martin, Malcolm & Eddie, and I Got the Hook Up and its sequel. It's also rumored Johnson was cast to reprise his role in the upcoming Last Friday.

Fans and colleagues paid tribute to Johnson on Twitter.com.

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Actor, comedian and writer Paul Mooney died of a heart attack in his Oakland, California home. He was 79.

Mooney's death was first announced by former CNN contributor Ronald Martin on Twitter Wednesday morning.

Martin wrote that the star's cousin Rudy Ealy "just called me from Paul's phone and said he passed away two hours ago after suffering a heart attack at his home in Oakland," California.

Ealy told Martin paramedics worked "valiantly" to save Mooney who suffered from dementia for years. Ealy had been living with the star to care for him.

Mooney's publicist also confirmed his death to Insider, while his rep told The Hollywood Reporter that his death occurred at 5:30 a.m. local time.

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The Louisiana native infused racism and social justice into his standup comedy acts throughout his career. In addition to writing his own jokes, Mooney wrote much of comedian Richard Pryor's standup comedy material.

Mooney was also a staff writer for shows like Sanford and Son, Good Times, Saturday Night Live, The Richard Pryor Show, In Living Color and Chappelle's Show.

He acted on several television series, including Chappelle's Show, The Larry Sanders Show, Good Times, and The Richard Pryor Show, as well as in films like The Buddy Holly Story (1978), portraying Sam Cooke, and Bamboozled (2000).

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Mooney was a closeted bisexual who was accused of molesting Pryor's son, Richard Pryor Jr.

Pryor's ex-bodyguard, Rashon Khan, alleged that Mooney had molested Pryor's son when Pryor Jr. was a child. Khan also alleged that Pryor contemplated hiring a hitman to have Mooney killed.

Pryor Sr.'s widow, Jennifer Lee Pryor, confirmed the story.

Mooney is survived by his four children, Shane, Dwayne, Daryl, and Spring. A son, Symeon Mooney, was killed in 2001.

Mooney reportedly began dating singer Chaka Khan in 2018.

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Gary Owen is back on the market after 18 years of marriage. The 46-year-old comedian/actor and his estranged wife Kenya Duke split earlier this year.

Kenya recently filed for a divorce, TMZ reported. They tied the knot in 2003 and share three grown children, sons Emilio and Austin, and a daughter, Kennedy.

Owen's big break as a standup comedian came in 1997 when he appeared on Black Entertainment Television's Comic View. Owen was the only white man to ever host Comic View.

He often used his interracial marriage to fend off accusations that he was a culture vulture.

In April 2011, Ebony magazine dubbed Owen "Black America's Favorite White Comic".

He went on to star in such feature films as Daddy Day Care, Little Man, and College. He later transitioned to urban comedy films such as Think Like A Man (2012), Think Like a Man Too (2014) and Ride Along (2014) in which he is always cast as the apologetic white guy with an honorary Black card.

He also had a recurring role on Tyler Perry's TBS show House of Payne as Zack and he starred in Meet the Blacks as Larry.

In 2016, he hosted his own show on BET called The Gary Owen Show.
 


 

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Eddie Murphy wanted "Coming to America" to be an afrocentric extravaganza showcasing the wide range of talent in Black Hollywood. But the movie studio had different ideas.

Comedian Louie Anderson appeared in 1988's Coming to America as Maurice, a fast food employee who took pride in his work at McDowell's restaurant, owned by Cleo McDowell (John Amos).

During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote the sequel, Coming 2 America, Murphy and Arsenio Hall explained that Anderson wasn't originally cast in Coming to America.

"I love Louie, but I think we were forced to put Louie in it," said Hall, 65. "We were forced to put in a white person."

Murphy, 59, added: "[The studio was] like, 'There has to be a white person in the movie.' I was like, 'What?' So who was the funniest white guy around? We knew Louie was cool, so that's how Louie got in the movie."

"It was official," Hall continued. "I had a list. They gave me a list with three white guys. They said, 'Who would you rather work with?' I said Louie."

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Also cast in the original was white comedian Jake Steinfeld who made a cameo appearance as a wise cracking cab driver.

Other cameos included Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy, who reprised their roles as Mortimer and Randolph Duke from the 1983 comedy film "Trading Places," starring Murphy.