It has just been revealed that Chappelle’s Show has been removed from Netflix… at the request of Dave Chappelle himself. Read on to find out why…
The comedian, who has had several successful stand-up shows on the streaming service, recently revealed that he had requested for his latest series, Chappelle’s Show to be removed, despite the contract in place.
Where, in a lengthy stand-up segment, he detailed the reasons behind his controversial decision.
The comedian is known for broaching the more sensitive topics – who remembers his 2016 Election Night sketch on SNL, wherein he launched a savage and explicit attack against America’s newly elected President Trump?
But hey, that’s his style, isn’t it?
As per the Washington Post, Chappelle said in his 2016 monologue:
“But America’s done it. We’ve actually elected an Internet troll as our president. The whites were furious. I’ve never seen anything like it. I haven’t seen whites this mad since the O.J. verdict. White people screaming on both sides, ‘Aahhh!'”
Such as the tragic 2016 mass shootings.
“If that [Pulse nightclub shooting] is what happened, then ISIS is scarier than I thought because they have very deep cover operatives. ‘Look out I’m going out deep for this one, I might have to get a Grindr account, and j*** a few guys off, to throw them off the trail.'”
Drawing his monologue to a close by wishing the president good luck in his new role.
However, his comments were taken with a pinch of salt and he moved on from the evening relatively unscathed.
But, despite the fuss made from his 2016 stint on the show, Chappelle was invited back to host this year’s post-election SNL…
And, in true Chappelle fashion, he didn’t hold back with making fun of the country’s current affairs.
“Trump getting coronavirus was like when Freddie Mercury got AIDS. Nobody was like, how did he get it?”
None of the audience laughed.
He certainly did not!
As stated earlier, the comedian revealed that his Netflix series, Chappelle’s Show, has been removed prematurely just under 4 weeks from its release… at his request.
Has Chappelle suddenly had a major fall out with the streaming service who, up to now, has been his creative outlet?
It has actually conspired that Chappelle was not getting paid from either Netflix or HBO Max, who were both streaming the show.
“People think I made a lot of money from Chappelle’s Show,” he said. “When I left that show I never got paid.”
“They (ViacomCBS) didn’t have to pay me because I signed the contract. But is that right? I found out that these people were streaming my work and they never had to ask me or they never had to tell me.”
With this, there were resounding yells of outrage and cries of “no!” from the audience.
“That’s why I like working for Netflix. I like working for Netflix because when all those bad things happened to me, that company didn’t even exist. And when I found out they were streaming Chappelle’s Show, I was furious. How could they not– how could they not know?”
“I called them and I told them that this makes me feel bad. And you want to know what they did? They agreed that they would take it off their platform just so I could feel better. That’s why I f**k with Netflix. Because they paid me my money, they do what they say they’re going to do, and they went above and beyond what you could expect from a businessman.”
“So I’m not going to the agents, I’m coming to my real boss – I’m coming to you.”
He emplored his audience to boycott his own show.
“I’m begging you — if you ever liked me, if you ever think there was anything worthwhile about me, I’m begging you, please don’t watch that show. I’m not asking you to boycott any network — boycott me. Boycott Chappelle’s Show. Do not watch it unless they pay me.”
Netflix and HBO Max are yet to comment.
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