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Chappelle’s Show Returning to Netflix With Dave Chappelle’s Blessing

February 12, 2021 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Dave Chappelle has his licensing back for Chappelle’s Show, and he’s bringing the show back to Netflix. Chappelle posted a video to his Instagram account of a set performed at Austin venue Stubbs titled “Redemption Song” in which he confirmed that the show is returning to the streaming service.

The comedian revealed back in November that Netflix, with whom Chappelle has a lucrative contract for standup specials, had pulled the show at his request. Chappelle said that he’d asked Netflix to pull the series because he didn’t approve of ViacomCBS being able to license it without paying him any money. HBO Max soon followed suit.

During the “Redemption Song” set — which also delves into his contracting COVID-19 and the attack on the Capitol Building in January — Chappelle said that ViacomCBS called him after fans stopped watching the show in its other licensed platforms such as Comedy Central and CBS All Access.

Chappelle said:

“I know how to solve my problems. You need to know how to solve your problems; you need to know where your power lies. You are Americans, so your power lies in each other. A few weeks ago I put a special out, I called it ‘Unforgiven.’ I told people what my beef was with Comedy Central, I demanded that the company pay me. A lot of my peers laughed at me, because it was a ridiculous demand. They said, ‘Well, you signed the contract so what are you even mad about?’ Here’s the thing. I’m very good at minding my own business, and the trick to minding your own business is knowing what is your business. And these people that talk about me — these cowards that rejoice — they don’t understand what greatness looks like.

“I never asked Comedy Central for anything. If you remember, I said ‘I’m going to my real boss, and I came to you [fans]’ because I know where my power lies. I asked you to stop watching the show. And thank God almighty for you, you did. You made that show worthless because without your eyes, it’s nothing. And when you stopped watching it, they called me. And I got my name back, and I got my license back, and I got my show back, and they paid me millions of dollars. Thank you very much.”

Chappele also thanked Netflix’s Ted Serandos for his “courage to take my show off its platform at financial detriment to his company, just because I asked him.” He also thanked MTV Entertainment Group president Chris McCarthy at ViacomCBS. He noted, “Finally after all these years. I can finally say to Comedy Central, ‘It’s been a pleasure doing business with you.’”

The show is set to return to Netflix today, although as of this writing it can’t yet be found on the service.

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