Los Angeles – Netflix has removed Dave Chappelle’s comedy sketch series “Chappell’s Show” because the comedian requested him to do so.
Chappell revealed the news in a lengthy Instagram video titled “Unforgiven”, which recently showed footage from the stand-up gig. During the performance, Chappell claimed that he “never paid up” after leaving the show owned by Viacombs.
“They (Viacom) didn’t pay me because I signed the contract,” Chappell said in the video. “But is it right? I came to know that these people were watching my work and they never had to ask me or they never told me. ‘Totally legal’ cause I signed the contract. But is that right?” ? I didn’t think. So either is 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 that they were watching ‘Chappell’s Show’, I was angry. How could they not – how could they not know? So you know what I did? I called them And I told them that I feel bad. And you want to know what they did? They agreed that they would stop it. Their stage was just because I could feel better. “
Netflix did not comment on the matter.
Chappell has made several specials with Netflix and currently calls the streamer his comedy home. Concerns about the possibility of losing the comedian played a role in Netflix’s decision.
“Chapel’s Show” is still available on several Viacom CBS brands, including its original home Comedy Central and CBS All Access, as well as HBO Max, where it was recently licensed. The series, which was produced, executive produced and titled by Chappell, ran for three seasons between 2003 and 2006.
The news of the takedown comes three weeks after streaming began on Netflix, and while hosting the episode “Saturday Night Live” right after the election, Chappell called both Netflix and HBO Max to be streaming his show.
Chappell pointed to the justice of the fact that the services were streaming a show that is named after his grandparents but he had not yet received payment for it.
“If he could see me, he would probably be like, ‘This n — has bought and sold as much as I have,” Chappell said on “SNL”.