Dave Chappelle the famous EMMY Awards winning Comedian has used his relationship with Netflix to get Chappelle’s Show removed from the streamer.
In a video which was part of a standup set,Dave said he spoke with executives there, and they agreed to pull the show from the service,.This news has been confirmed by Netflix reps as well.
Chappelle’s Show had been streaming on Netflix in the United States since Nov. 1; it also streams via ViacomCBS properties Comedy Central and CBS All Access, and HBO Max,
In the 18-minute video (watch it here), Chappelle says that the contract in 2003 was a terrible contract he signed at the outset of Chappelle’s 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 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.”
Chappelle has worked with Netflix for the past four years, added that he still is ok with the company because “when all those bad things happened to me, that company didn’t even exist.”
Sources noted that since terms of licensing deals for creators and talent are negotiated by sellers (ViacomCBS, in this case), Netflix wouldn’t have had knowledge of whether or how much Chappelle was being paid for streaming on the service.
“And when I found out they were streaming Chappelle’s Show, I was furious. How could they not know? So you know what I did? I called them and I told them that this makes me feel bad,” he said.
“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 fuck 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. They did something just because they thought that I might think that they were wrong. And I do — I think that if you are fucking streaming that show, you’re fencing stolen goods.”
Chappelle’s Show was a breakout for Comedy Central and the comedian. After signing a reported $50 million deal ahead of the show’s third season, Chappelle left the series, citing the stress of producing the show and his increasing discomfort with the material in its sketches.
Comedy Central aired what it called “The Lost Episodes” of the show, featuring completed season three sketches introduced by show regulars Charlie Murphy and Donnell Rawlings.
He also appealed to the audience not to watch the show: “I’m not going to the agents, I’m coming to my real boss — 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. I’m not asking you to boycott any network — boycott me. Boycott Chappelle’s Show. Do not watch it unless they pay me.”