Considered one of the best sketch comedy series of all time, Chappelle’s Show has been the subject of controversy for years since the early 2000s. Dave famously walked away and a very lucrative deal not long after it aired on Comedy Central.
Years later, Chappelle’s Show returned to the Netflix streaming platform after it was originally removed from the platform due to a financial and contractual dispute. In a clip posted on his IG, Dave revealed that he had received “millions of dollars” and also got his license back to the show.
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Dave also thanked Netflix boss Ted Sarandos for removing the show and ViacomCBS manager Chris McCarthy, who canceled the show as part of his new contract. Dave says they did what they had to to “get the past right”.
While speaking to his followers on IG, Dave said that he was telling his fans not to watch the show and many of them stopped. He said that without his fans’ eyes it made the show worthless.
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According to Dave, everyone actually stopped watching it and forced Netflix to reach out to him. He stated that the owners of Comedy Central, CBS Viacom, didn’t have to pay him any money because of the contract he signed all those years ago.
Dave said it wasn’t right for them to be able to make money from his work, even though they didn’t compensate him for it, even though they didn’t have to give him money because of the contract he signed decades ago. You paid him to do it, however, which is a big part of the reason he enjoys working with the company so much.
It wasn’t right, but that’s why he likes working for Netflix because they are doing the right thing, not what the contract says. Dave says he called Netflix when they started streaming his show on the platform and instead of declining his request, they said they would sign them up and take them off just so he could “feel better”.
Chappelle’s show reportedly drew 3.1 million viewers and was the top-rated program in its time window for men between 18 and 34 years old. As previously reported, Dave has had a lucrative contract with Netflix for several years.
Back in 2016, they started working with Dave on a multi-picture deal that included Equanimity, Deep in the Heart of Texas and The Age Of Spin.