A shocking, bombarding news for all stand up comedy geeks was announced by Netflix the other day. Netflix has removed “Chappelle’s Show” off its streaming platform!
Netflix licensed “Chappelle’s Show” on a non-exclusive basis (the show also streams on HBO Max and ViacomCBS platforms like CBS All Access) and started streaming all three seasons of the program November 1. It is said that Netflix had to take this decision at the request of series creator and star Dave Chappelle, who is speaking out against series owner ViacomCBS for licensing the Comedy Central hit without paying him. The news means Netflix subscribers will no longer have access to the show’s three seasons that originally aired on Comedy Central.
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Earlier this month, during an incendiary monologue on Saturday Night Live, Dave Chappelle talked about his great-grandfather, who was a slave until he was 10 years old. “I wish I could see him now and I wish he could see me. I wonder what he would say. This week I flew to New York on a private jet to host Saturday Night Live. Netflix started streaming a show that bears his name, Chappelle’s Show, and HBO Max is streaming it. And I didn’t get paid for any of it,” Chappelle said. “If he could see me now, he’d probably be like, ‘This n—a got bought and sold more than I have.’”
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And this joke got serious as it garnered immense reactions from the audience. But this was backed up by a video that Chappelle posted to his Instagram page titled “Unforgiven” in which he explained his explained the reasons for pulling “Chappelle’s Show” from Netflix after not being paid by ViacomCBS. The video was filmed during a recent standup set.
“People think I made a lot of money from ‘Chappelle’s Show,’” Chappelle says in the video. “When I left that show I never got paid. [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 have to tell me. Perfectly legal because I signed the contract. But is that right? I didn’t think so either.”
“That’s why I like working for Netflix,” Chappelle continues, nodding to Netflix specials such as “Sticks and Stones.” “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.”
The comedian concluded by telling his fans to boycott his show on streaming platforms. “I’m coming to you. 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,” Chappelle says in the video. “I’m not asking you to boycott any network — boycott me. Boycott ‘Chappelle’s Show.’ Do not watch it unless they pay me.”
Netflix, which removed “Chappelle’s Show” from its platform Monday night, had no comment. A rep for HBO Max did not respond immediately to a request for comment; the show is still streaming on that channel as of Tuesday afternoon.