Jones, 32, made his first appearance on Ellen in March; she contributed $10,000 to his Kickstarter, which his friends helped him launch shortly after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer in July 2015. The Kickstarter’s initial goal was $5,000 to produce a special, but thanks to DeGeneres and Shutterfly, it has exceeded $50,000.
“Your people didn’t even tell you this,” DeGeneres reveals to Jones during his return to her show on Monday, “but HBO is going to air your special.”
Jones will record his special on April 4 at Los Angeles’ Terragram Ballroom; it’s expected to air sometime this spring.
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