UPDATE: Dave Chappelle Says His Show Is Back on Netflix, Thanks Fans For Boycotting His Work
On today's episode of modern problems requiring modern solutions, Dave Chappelle's decision to pull Chappelle's Show from Netflix while encouraging his fans to full-on boycott his work over Comedy Centra's parent company, ViacomCBS, licensing the beloved 2000s sketch comedy series without his consent has finally paid off -- literally. On Thursday, the star took to Instagram to share a ten-minute special entitled "Redemption Song," revealing that his show will be returning to the streaming giant after reaching an agreement with Comedy Central that includes a payout worth millions and the comedian getting the license to his show back.
"A few weeks ago, I put a special out. I called it 'Unforgiven,' I told people what my beef was with Comedy Central," Chappelle said in the new video, which has since garnered more than 682,000 views. "I never talked about it. I demanded that the network pay me." However, it seems several of his comedy cohorts were not happy with Chappelle's choice.
"Many of my peers laughed at me because that's a ridiculous thing to demand," he explained of the professional backlash. "They said 'well, you signed the contract, so what are you even mad about?' Here's the thing. I'm very good at minding my own business, and the trick to minding your own business is knowing what is your business, and these people that talk about me, these cowards that rejoice, well, they don't understand what greatness looks like. I never asked Comedy Central for anything if you remember, I said, I'm going to my real boss and I came to you, because I know where my power lies."
This power happened to lie within his fanbase, who apparently heeded his call to boycott Chappelle's Show. "I asked you to stop watching that show, and thank God almighty for you, you did. You made that show worthless because without your eyes, it's nothing and when you stopped watching it they called me 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 very much."
He continued, commending his fanbase for their support within his streaming service controversy and upon his return to the limelight after a long break. "When I took 12 years off and you put me right back on top when I came back, I couldn't thank you enough. You have kept me free. I have not had to do what so many of my colleagues had to do because of you. I have no idea what dicks taste like," he joked.
Finally, he also recognised several execs for respecting his requests and listening to him amid this ordeal. "This is a very important moment," he added. "I want to thank Ted Sarandos, at Netflix, the CEO who had the courage to take my show off its platform at financial determent to his company just because I asked him. And I want to thank Chris McCarthy of CBSViacom. This guy is younger than me, and like most people younger than me, has an interest in making the past right, and did something that was very courageous and finally, after all these years, I can finally say to Comedy Central, it's been a pleasure doing business with you," he remarked, a supercut of several iconic moments from his comedy show playing onscreen.
So folks, remember, having your fans boycott your work can actually do wonders for your career. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to log onto Netflix -- I know what show I'm binging this long weekend.