The majority of the nearly 19 minute clip is devoted to Chappelle claiming that due to the contract he signed before abruptly quitting “Chappelle’s Show”, he is not receiving any extra money for the work he has done. – even as the mainstream media companies continue to profit from his work.“I signed the contract the same way a 28-year-old future dad who is out of stock signs a contract,” he explained. “I was desperate and needed a way out. And it wasn’t good money and it wasn’t good circumstances, but ‘what else am I going to do?’ I said. ”
After two successful seasons, Chappelle signed an extension with Comedy Central worth $ 50 million. After numerous production delays, Chappelle left both the show and the country. Comedy Central then concocted a shortened third season using unpublished sketches.
“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? Chappelle asked the audience. “I discovered that these people were streaming my work. And they never had to ask me and they never had to tell me. Perfectly legal, because I signed the contract. But is it true? “
The comedian also disagrees with HBO Max, which also recently started airing the show. He says he started “Chappelle’s Show” on HBO and they rejected him before going to Comedy Central.
He claims that the leaders who rejected the speech asked him, “Why do we need you? ”
“And here we are all those years later, and they’re playing the same show that I was offering them,” Chappelle said. He then explained that he was able to convince Netflix to shoot the series simply by asking them.
“When I found out they were showing ‘Chappelle’s Show’, I was furious,” he said. “How could they not know? So 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 rig just so I could feel better. ”
The clip ends with Chappelle directly criticizing ViacomCBS, which owns Comedy Central, for what he says is an unfair deal. He admitted that current leaders may not be aware of the situation, as happened over a decade ago, and encouraged them to visit the accounting department to see how many money “Chappelle’s Show” earned for what it was paid.
He then invites the company to make a deal with him.
ViacomCBS, which also owns CBS News, did not respond to a request for comment.