In November, standing actor Dave Chappelle challenged his fans do something that seemed counterproductive to further his career by asking audiences not to watch his hit TV show “Chappelle’s Show”. The comedy sketch series had started airing on multiple platforms, including Netflix in the weeks leading up to his plea, but Chappelle was not happy with the move as he was not receiving royalties from the show on streaming platforms.
Chappelle said he no longer had the rights to his name and likeness due to a contract he signed in the early 2000s with the Comedy Central television channel. So he asked fans not to watch the show until Comedy Central and parent company CBS Viacom renegotiated their deal with Chappelle.
The bold strategy paid off for Chappelle, as on Friday morning he released a new 10-minute clip in which he says the network returned the rights to his name and image while paying him “millions of dollars” .
“I asked you to stop watching the show and thank Almighty God for you, that’s what you did. You made this show worthless because without your eyes it’s nothing. And when you stopped watching it, they called me, ”Chappelle says in the clip. “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 so much.”
Chappelle did not reveal how much money he made, but the clip which was shared on his Instagram page ended with a montage of scenes from the show and an announcement that “Chappelle’s Show” is returning to Netflix on. 12 February. completed in 2005, it remains a favorite of pop culture and the return of the show has been met with great enthusiasm from fans old and new.
The comedian also thanked Netflix and Comedy Central for the way they approached his situation and for their willingness to work with him.
“And finally, after all these years, I can finally say to Comedy Central, it’s been a pleasure doing business with you,” said Chappelle.
Along with the announcement of his show, Chappelle spoke about his recent positive case of COVID-19 and the January 6 insurgency on the U.S. Capitol.
The clip for Chappelle’s announcement can be seen below. The video contains adult language and racial slurs that may not be suitable for all viewers.