Netflix Removes "Chappelle's Show" at Dave's Request, He Doesn't Get Royalties

Carla Harmon
November 25, 2020

Chappelle says he was furious when he found out the show was being streamed on multiple platforms including CBS Access, HBO Max and Netflix.

Netflix has done one of its marquee attractions, Dave Chappelle, a solid: It has stopped streaming "Chappelle's Show", the sketch-comedy series that the comic made for Comedy Central back in the aughts.

In his video, Chappelle acknowledges that the contract he signed with ViacomCBS allows for his show to stream without additional payment to him - the creator, star and executive producer - he takes issue with the approach. In a video released on his Instagram Tuesday, Chappelle explains he wants to be paid properly for the streaming rights to the show and his likeness even though he admits he signed a contract with the company in the early 2000s granting them rights to his show and likeness.

Presumably, Netflix is eager to preserve its ongoing working relationship with Chappelle, as the comedian has released several standup specials exclusively through the service over the past four years.

Chappelle's Show was added to Netflix and HBO Max on November 1, and as of November 24, it's no longer available on the former.

"Dave Chappelle: Equanimity", "Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin" and "Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones" are all now available on the streaming platform. That's why I f*ck with Netflix. How could they not- how could they not know? But is that right? 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.

'I called them and I told them that this makes me feel bad, ' he said while smoking a blunt. Perfectly legal 'cause I signed the contract.

But Chappelle then likens any network streaming Chappelle's Show to "fencing stolen goods". They did something just because they thought that I might think that they were wrong.

He went on to say that he's also talking to shareholders and network executives who are now at Viacom who may not have been there when the deal was made years ago. But when his agents said it wasn't possible, Chappelle made a decision to ask his fans for help.

"You're not supposed to do this in my business", he says.

"I'm coming to my real boss", he said.

Dave Chappelle is calling his fans to boycott...Chappelle's Show?

"If you ever liked me, if you ever think there was anything worthwhile about me", Chappelle pleaded. "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". They stole that from me.

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