Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves Dave Chappelle and Netflix.
According to reports; comedian Dave Chappelle asked Netflix to remove his show Dave Chappelle Show due to licensing issues with viacomCBS.
In his reasoning and statement Dave Chappelle spoke on why he pulled the hit comedy series from netflix “I was desperate, I needed a way out,” Chappelle recalled in a clip of a stand up set that he posted to instagram on Tuesday. “Perfectly legal because I signed the contract,” he said in the video. “But is that right? I didn’t think so either.”
Hours later, Chappelle, posted an 18 minute video on Instagram, which he described as “publicly flogging a network,”which in referring to ViacomCBS, which owns Comedy Central.
A spokeswoman for Netflix confirmed that the service had removed the sketch show overnight at Chappelle’s request but declined to comment further. ViacomCBS and HBO did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Chappelle claims he felt he was never properly paid for “Chappelle’s Show” after he left. During that time, Comedy Central released three episodes of an abbreviated third season from material it already had.
Chappelle spoke on his experience as a reflective of an unfair system that mistreats artists in comedy and television, comparing it to the abuses in the industry revealed by the #MeToo movement. Though he praised Netflix for its decision to remove the show, he skewered Comedy Central for giving him a “raw deal” that he said made it difficult to recreate the show elsewhere.
“If I do,” Chappelle said, “I can’t call it ‘Chappelle’s Show’ because my name and likeness is being used by them in perpetuity throughout the universe. It’s in the contract.”
Chappelle also called out the irony that HBO had rejected his initial pitch for the sketch show, then ended up streaming it years later. “Chappelle’s Show” is still available to watch on Comedy Central, CBS All Access and HBO Max.
Chappelle mentioned earlier this month about the conflict in his “Saturday Night Live” Monologue when he joked about how his great grandfather, who was born enslaved, might react upon learning that a show bearing his name was being streamed, but that he was not being paid for it.
Comedy Central’s actions seemed to be within the terms of the contract, according to Chappelle, but it was those terms that the comedian was objecting to in the first place.
Chappelle’s proposed solution was not legal action it was using the power of his fan base to send television executives a message
“Boycott ‘Chappelle’s Show,’” Chappelle said. “Do not watch it unless they pay me.”