At Dave Chappelle's Request, Netflix Removes Chappelle's Show

That was fast. The streaming service has already removed the sketch comedy series.


As quickly as Chappelle's Show surprisingly popped up on Netflix this last month, it has now been taken down. Early on Tuesday, comedian Dave Chappelle posted an Instagram video of a previously recorded stand-up set with a caption that only reads: "This is why."

This should not come as a total shock, although it is still surprising, to be sure. When Chappelle hosted Saturday Night Live earlier this month, he made a crack about how ViacomCBS licensed the show to Netflix without paying him--which assumedly was true, though the stand-up video--titled "Unforgiven"--linked above confirms it.

In the video, Chappelle says, "People think I made a lot of money from Chappelle's Show. When I left that show, I never got paid. [ViacomCBS] didn't have to pay me because I signed the contract. But is that right? 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 'cause I signed the contract. But is that right? I didn't think so either."

Later in the video, Chappelle compares streaming his show there with the current agreements in place as "fencing stolen goods." As of this writing, Chappelle's Show is still available to stream via CBS All Access.

Netflix has not yet made a public comment.

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