Netflix Removes Chappelle's Show After Dave Chappelle Asks Them To Pull It
The comedian posted an 18-minute video on his Instagram account in which he claims he was 'never paid' when ViacomCBS licensed the show.
Captioned: "Unforgiven. This is why," the video explains why he'd asked the streamer to take down his Comedy Central series.
In the video, filmed at a recent stand up show, he said: "People think I made a lot of money from Chappelle's Show.
"When I left that show I never got paid. They [ViacomCBS] didn't have to pay me because I signed the contract.
"But is that right? I found out that these people were streaming my work, and they never had to ask me or they never have to tell me.
"Perfectly legal 'cause I signed the contract. But is that right? I didn't think so either.
"That's why I like working for Netflix. I like working for Netflix because when all those bad things happened to me, that company didn't even exist.
"And when I found out they were streaming Chappelle's Show, I was furious. How could they not - how could they not know? So you know what I did? I called them and I told them that this makes me feel bad.
"And you want to know what they did? They agreed that they would take it off their platform just so I could feel better.
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"That's why I f*** with Netflix. Because they paid me my money, they do what they say they're going to do, and they went above and beyond what you could expect from a businessman.
"They did something just because they thought that I might think that they were wrong. And I do - I think that if you are f***ing streaming that show you're fencing stolen goods."
He goes on to say that he isn't going to his agents, he's going to his real boss - his fans.
He added: "I'm begging you - if you ever liked me, if you ever think there was anything 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.
"Do not watch it unless they pay me."
Chappelle co-created, produced and starred in Chappelle's Show, which ran on Comedy Central between 2003-2006, but he has been in a deal with Netflix for the last four years for his popular stand-up specials.
The Hollywood Reporter notes that Netflix was likely unaware if or how much Chappelle was being paid for streaming the show on the platform.
LADbible has contacted ViacomCBS for comment.
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