Dave Chappelle is clearly not one to be played with, especially when it comes to his money. The comedian asked his fans to boycott his Netflix comedy show and just after three weeks, Netflix has removed the “Chappelle’s Show” from its service upon his request.
The 47 year old Chappelle took to his Instagram to clear the air about the issues surrounding his recent stand-up set “Unforgiven”, and said he reached out to the streaming service about a take-down after Viacom CBS, who owns the rights to the hit sketch show, licensed it for streaming without his permission. At least for Chappelle who likened airing the show to “fencing stolen goods,” Netflix apparently had no problem granting his request and stopped the show.
With that being said though, HBO Max is still with Chappelle and still streaming the Comedy Central production, leading Chappelle to ask his loyal following to boycott the series. “I called my agent and said, ‘Is there anything I can do about this show?’ and he said, ‘Noooo,’” Chappelle told the crowd. “Well, f–k you too, then. If you want something done right, I guess you have to do it yourself.”
“So, I’m not coming to my agents. I’m coming to my real boss, I’m coming to you,” he went on. “I’m begging you, if you ever liked me, if you ever think there was anything ever worthwhile about me, I’m begging you, please don’t watch that show. I’m not asking you to boycott any network, boycott me!”
“Boycott ‘Chappelle’s Show,’” he concluded. “Do not watch it, unless they pay me.” The comic is especially sensitive to HBO streaming his content, as he claims executives at the cable giant once brashly asked him, “What do we need you for?” during a pitch meeting.
Chappelle has been holding a series of comedy shows at his Yellow Springs, Ohio home called the “Intimate Socially Distanced Affair,” which were side-lined earlier this fall after a COVID scare.
Yes…🗣STOP WATCHING DAVE CHAPPELLE! FULL STOP. https://t.co/DTkWCvE4AK
— Angelica Ross (@angelicaross) November 24, 2020
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