Earlier this week, Dave Chappelle made headlines when he requested that his fans boycott his show, “Chappelle’s Show.” During one of his live shows he asked fans not to boycott any particular network, but to boycott his infamous skit show. He took to social media explaining that even though ViacomCBS legally had the right to stream his show, he believed it was unfair.
Dave Chappelle clarified, “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 because I signed the contract. But is that right? I didn’t think so.”
Today, Netflix has pulled the show, and it is no longer available on its streaming platform.
When Chappelle originally signed on to do the show, he agreed to allow for his show to stream without additional royalties or payments. Many argue that because Chapelle created the show and it is his original creation, he should get some form of payment.
For those of you who can remember, in 2005, Chapelle quit his show suddenly. It had only been a year when he signed a two-year, $50million contract to continue the show. However, Dave unexpectedly took many by surprise when he walked off the set and disappeared. Many assumed that the comedian was going through a mental breakdown. Two years later he went on Oprah to share that he just needed a break and wanted to spend more time with his family. He also revealed on David Letterman that something about one of his skits didn’t sit right when a white staff member laughed at one of his jokes.