In a video, titled unforgiven, which was posted on Instagram this morning, Chappelle explains that he asked Netflix, where he has a deal for the rights to host his stand-up specials, to take Chappelle show, which the streamer had licensed on a non-exclusive basis, outside of the subscription service. Fortunately, Netflix complied by removing the variety show from its platform last night.
You can watch Chappelle’s unforgiven video via Instagram below:
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“People think I made a lot of money from Chappelle show, « Chappelle says in the video, titled unforgiven. “When I left this show, I never got paid. They (ViacomCBS) didn’t have to pay me because I signed the contract. But is it true? I found out 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. That’s why I love working for Netflix. I love working for Netflix because when all these bad things happened to me, this business didn’t even exist. And when I found out they were broadcasting Chappelle show, I was furious. How could they not – 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 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 are going to do and they went above and beyond what you 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 close the stolen goods.
Wanting to continue making an example of the case, Chappelle spoke directly to his fans on Saturday Night Live earlier this month. “So I’m not going to the agents, I’m coming to my real boss – I’m coming to you. I beg you – if you ever love me, if you ever think there was something worthwhile in me, I beg you, don’t watch this show. I’m not asking you to boycott a network – boycott me. Boycott Chappelle show. Don’t watch it unless they pay me.
Obviously, Chappelle isn’t the type to squirm when he thinks someone is there to fuck him. After all, he didn’t climb the comedy ranks just to have his work in the pockets of organizations like Netflix and ViacomCBS without consent, no sir. If your intention is to get richer by hosting his hard work, you better be prepared to pay the man. It’s either that or sounding like a fool. It is not really a choice, and yet I urge you to make the right choice.
For those who still hope to see episodes of Chappelle show streaming, you can still find it on Comedy Central and CBS All Access outlets as well as HBO Max.