Netflix removes Chappelle's Show after comedian voices complaints

Brunilde Fioravanti
Novembre 25, 2020

So until he gets paid, Chappelle would rather Chappelle's Show not be available to stream anywhere, and Netflix - which has partnered with the comedian for several comedy specials - was more than happy to oblige, removing the sketch show from its platform. The show, which aired from 2003 to 2006, was added to Netflix's streaming selection on November 1, and was taken down upon Chappelle's request early Tuesday morning. In a video the comedian posted to his Instagram titled "Forgiven", Chappelle speaks against CBS Viacom for selling the rights to stream the series to Netflix without him seeing any portion of the profits.

"People think I made a lot of money from Chappelle's Show", he says. Dave then stated that he didn't get royalties from his hit show after he left, per his contract. But is that right?

'I called them and I told them that this makes me feel bad, ' he said while smoking a blunt. "You should hear the terminology they say in these contracts, 'to use your name and likeness in perpetuity throughout the universe.' Who the f**k could possibly know what that means?" Because Chappelle has demonstrated time and again that he's a sharp-minded force to be reckoned with and I pity whoever thinks that they can take advantage of his talents. "We can fight together and work this thing with "Chappelle's Show" out, or I can just take it", Chappelle said before dropping the mic and walking off stage.

"I think that if you are f*cking streaming that show you're fencing stolen goods", said Chappelle.

Dave Chappelle complained that he never saw any money from the deal that put the show on to the streaming platform, where he also has a lucrative deal for stand-up specials.

Dave Chappelle is calling his fans to boycott...Chappelle's Show? "I'm up here doing something that nobody else's business has the b*lls to do, I'm telling you something that you need to know". How could they not- how could they not know?

"You're going to pay me". I think about it every day because that was the first time someone ever did that to me.

The Hollywood Reporter notes that Netflix was likely unaware if or how much Chappelle was being paid for streaming the show on the platform.

He goes on to say that he isn't going to his agents, he's going to his real boss - his fans. 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 up here trying to tell you guys that I believe that Comedy Central gave me a raw deal just because I'm Black, I believe they gave me a raw deal because this f--ing industry is a monster".

LADbible has contacted ViacomCBS for comment.

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