Stand-up comedian Dave Chappelle has had his popular sketch series Chappelle’s Show taken off of Netflix as the result of a payment dispute.
In an Instagram video entitled “Unforgiven”, Dave Chappelle claimed he “never got paid” after leaving the show over much-publicized creative differences with the CBS/Viacom Network.
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“They (ViacomCBS) didn’t have to pay me because I signed the contract,” Chappelle said in the video. “But is that right? I found out that these people were streaming my work and they never had to ask me or they never have to tell me. Perfectly legal ‘cause I signed the contract. But is that right? I didn’t think so either.
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? So you know what I did? 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.”
Dave Chappelle on the Chappelle’s Show Confusion
This may come as a hard blow for Netflix users as Chappelle’s Show became available on the streaming platform about 3 weeks prior to this writing. The show also became available on HBOMax around that time and is currently still available there, CBS All-Access, and Comedy Central where it originally aired. Chappelle has called Netflix his comedy home and performed several specials for the service which are still available to stream there.
Chappelle’s Show ran for three seasons from 2003-2006 on Comedy Central and was headlined, executive produced, and created by Dave Chappelle. It is still available to stream on HBO Max, CBS All-Access, and Comedy Central. What do You think of the news surrounding Chappelle’s Show? Leave a comment below or on our Twitter.