Netflix Removes "Chappelle's Show" at Dave's Request, He Doesn't Get Royalties

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On Nov. 1, 2020, Netflix and HBOMax started streaming Chappelle's Show after finalizing separate licensing deals with ViacomCBS.

Chappelle recalled how upset he was to learn that his famous sketch series was being streamed during a comedy special titled Unforgiven, which he posted to Instagram.

The comedian detailed all the ways that the comedy industry has treated him badly since he got his start at age 14.

Towards the end of the bit, Dave pleads with his "real bosses" which are the fans to stop streaming Chappelle's Show on other platforms until he receives what he deserves.

"That's how I got with Comedy Central. I signed a contract, but I signed a contract the way that a 28-year-old expectant father that was broke signs a contract". Perfectly legal 'cause I signed the contract. I was desperate. I needed a way out.

He went on to say that he's also talking to shareholders and network executives who are now at Viacom who may not have been there when the deal was made years ago.

Having released several highly acclaimed standup comedy special on Netflix in recent years, Chappelle says he called representatives at Netflix to ask them to take down the show. which they agreed to do, according to Chappelle.

No money went to the comic in the new deal, and nobody had to ask him for permission, Chappelle said, because he had signed that contract years ago. Because of that, the comedian is calling on his fans to "boycott" the show on all the streaming services it's on, until he gets paid.

That would be the same Netflix that as of 2016 pays him multiple millions per comedy special. "You should hear the terminology they say in these contracts, 'to use your name and likeness in perpetuity throughout the universe.' Who the f**k could possibly know what that means?" I called them and I told them that this makes me feel bad. And, it wasn't good money and it wasn't good circumstances but, ugh, "what else am I going to do?' I said'". That's why I like working for Netflix. They did something just because they thought that I might think that they were wrong.

He said that what he was doing, "publicly flogging" a network, is not something people in his business are supposed to do. So you know what I did? Because Chappelle has demonstrated time and again that he's a sharp-minded force to be reckoned with and I pity whoever thinks that they can take advantage of his talents. I am inviting you to come with me and work with me.

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. Because they paid me my money, they do what they say they're going to do, and they went above and beyond what you could expect from a businessman.

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