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

Brenda Watkins
November 25, 2020

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's Show, which the streamer had licensed on a non-exclusive basis, off the subscription-based service.

"People think I made a lot of money from Chappelle's Show", Chappelle says in the video, "When I left that show I never got paid". And in his new act, Chappelle reveals that when he signed the contract with Comedy Central at age 28, he had no job and a baby on the way. 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. "They stole that (show) from me, they just took it".

But Chappelle's Show is still streaming on other platforms, like HBO Max. The vast majority of TV and movie deals were all written up well before the emergence of streaming, which leaves people like Dave Chappelle out of luck when it comes to getting some money when a new streaming service picks up his show. 'Do you wanna know what they did? "(ViacomCBS) didn't have to pay me because I signed the contract", he said. "Perfectly legal because I signed the contract, but is that right?"

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

"Chappelle's Show", meanwhile, is still available on HBO Max (he has some choice words for HBO executives, as well) and on Comedy Central and CBS All Access - which, like Comedy Central, is owned by ViacomCBS.

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Never one to mince words, Chappelle described streaming the series as an act of theft and urged his fans not to watch Chapelle's Show so long as ViacomCBS continues withholding royalty payments. "We can fight together and work this thing with "Chappelle's Show" out, or I can just take it", Chappelle said before dropping the mic and walking off stage. But he did give Netflix, which started streaming his show November 1, a phone call.

"Michelle never asked to be first lady", Barack told Vogue in 2016. "I didn't think so". The show had a short but successful run from 2003-2006.

"I'm coming to my real boss", Chappelle says.

If you watched Chappelle's Show on Netflix recently, and then had trouble finding it again, it's not a glitch or your own mistake. "And I do - I think that if you are f-king streaming that show you're fencing stolen goods". "I am inviting you to come with me and work with me and let's fight against that awful, bad feeling that you made me feel together".

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