Netflix removes 'Chappelle's Show' from platform after request from Dave Chappelle
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Netflix has removed "Chappelle's Show" from its streaming platform at the request of the show's creator and star, comedian Dave Chappelle.
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Chappelle revealed the news on Tuesday via social media in a lengthy video he uploaded where the Emmy-winner alleges he “never got paid” after leaving the show which aired on Comedy Central, owned by ViacomCBS, from 2003 to 2006.
"They (ViacomCBS) didn’t have to pay me because I signed the contract,” Chappelle claims. “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."
The veteran stand-up went on to praise Netflix, his current home for comedy specials.
"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," said Chapelle, "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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Chappelle famously walked away from the series in 2005 after intense stress and creative differences with the network. Only three episodes were finished for its final season in 2006.