- Dave Chappelle called on Netflix to stop broadcasting The Chappelle Show and the Company.
Chappelle says that “if you stream this show, you close the stolen goods” because he doesn’t make any money when authorized by ViacomCBS.
Chappelle’s Show is still streaming on Crumpe All Access and HBO Max at the moment.
Comedy fans were pleasantly surprised when Netflix added the legendary Chappelle Comedy Central Sketchbook Series to its library earlier this month. Since the show ceased airing, it has aired and aired on various networks and online platforms, but this was the first time it made its way to the most popular streaming service on the planet. Unfortunately, his tenure on Netflix was short-lived.
Dave Chappelle has always had a complicated relationship with the show, which he drifted away from amid production in season three. ViacomCBS owns the TV show’s rights, and although Chappelle’s name is in the title, he does not make any money when the show is licensed.
Naturally, the comedian never liked it well, and as he explained in a video on Instagram on Tuesday, he was disappointed to see the show on Netflix, where he has a massive contract to deliver specials and more content down the line. . As he explains in the video, he called Netflix as soon as he found out the company had started streaming Chappelle’s Show and asked them to take it down. Netflix obliged. Edge transcribed the relevant bits from the Instagram video, where Chappelle explains the situation in detail:
People think I made a lot of money from “Chappelle’s Show.” When I left this show, I never got paid. They didn’t have to pay me because I signed the contract. But is it true? I discovered that these people were streaming my work, and they never had to ask me or never had to tell me. Perfectly legal because I signed the contract. But is it true? I didn’t think so either.
This is why I love working for Netflix. I love working for Netflix because when all of these bad things happened to me, this company didn’t even exist. And when I found out they were broadcasting “Chappelle’s Show,” I was furious. How could they not know?
So do you know what I did? I called them and told them it hurt me. And you want to know what they did? They agreed to remove it from their platform to make me feel better. That’s why I fuck with Netflix. Because they paid me my money, they do what they say they will do, and they went above and beyond what one would expect from a businessman. They did something just because they thought I might think they were wrong.
And I do – I think if you run this show, you are closing stolen goods. They stole this from me. They just took it. And I’m not here to try to tell you that I believe Comedy Central gave me a rough deal just because I’m black. I think they gave me a raw deal because this fucking industry is a monster.