Ellen DeGeneres suprises terminally ill comedian Quincy Jones with HBO special

By Wade Sheridan  |  Updated March 22, 2016 at 9:06 AM
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LOS ANGELES, March 22 (UPI) -- Terminally ill comedian Quincy Jones will now get to fulfill his dream of hosting his own stand-up comedy special thanks in part to Ellen DeGeneres.

Jones appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show for a second time Monday, a week after his Kickstarter campaign to get his special off the ground caught the attention of DeGeneres.

This time the day-time host had a big surprise for Jones who was unaware he was about to hear some life-changing news."Here's the thing that you mentioned last time, you want to do a comedy special," DeGeneres explained. "So what you don't know [is that] we called the head of HBO. And your people didn't even tell you this, but HBO is going to air your special."

"You're lying. Are you serious? Are you?" Jones replied in complete shock clapping his hands in excitement.

"All the negotiations have been happening, your people know that, but they kept it from you because we wanted to surprise you," DeGeneres continued.

DeGeneres sweetened the deal by presenting Jones with a check for $15,000 from Shutterfly to help him get started on producing his show. She gave the 32-year-old $10,000 during his last appearance on her show.

Jones was diagnosed with a rare form of terminal cancer back in July of 2015. After deciding that he wanted to record a stand-up comedy special before his death, friends got together to start a Kickstarter to raise money for the project. So far, the campaign has brought in $50,000.

Jones is set to record his special on April 4 at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles.

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