HBO Max will pull Chappelle's Show from their platform on December 31st. Dave Chappelle personally requested that the streaming service remove his classic and influential Comedy Central series. The news comes after the comedian was able to persuade Netflix to do the same thing. Chappelle's problem with the series streaming has nothing to do with the material. Instead, it's about a contract that he signed with Viacom, which does not provide him with any monetary compensation when the show is licensed to streaming platforms.
Casey Bloys, chief content officer of HBO and HBO Max, has confirmed that the streaming service will remove Chappelle's Show. "We had a conversation with Dave. I won't get into it, but it's very clear that it's a very unique and specific and emotional issue he's got," Bloys said. "So at the end of the year, at the end of this year, December 31st, we're going to honor his request and take the show down." This is another win for Dave Chappelle and a loss for ViacomCBS.
Dave Chappelle previously discussed his side of the story in a lengthy social media video. "They (ViacomCBS) didn't have to pay me because I signed the contract," Chappelle said in the video. "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." However, specifically having Chappelle's Show streaming on HBO was something that bothered the comedian even more. He explains.
"They [HBO] said, literally, 'What do we need you for?' That's what they told me as they kicked me out of the office, 'What do we need you for?' And here we are all these years later and they're streaming the very show I was pitching to them. So I'm asking them, what do you need me for?"
With Dave Chappelle getting another win, one can imagine that ViacomCBS may want to go through and restructure their contract with the comedian. Chappelle urged his fans not to stream the hit Comedy Central series and they complied. Now that HBO Max is dropping the show, CBS All Access, which will soon be Paramount Plus, is the only place to stream Chappelle's Show.
When it was announced that Chappelle's Show was coming to Netflix and HBO Max, it was also revealed that one particular episode would be missing. The 2004 episode is titled The Internet & Moment in the Life of Lil Jon. It features a cameo from porn star Ron Jeremy, who is now in jail after an avalanche of sexual assault allegations spanning decades. It is believed that ViacomCBS pulled the episode back in June, which is when Jeremy was first arrested. Variety was the first to announce that HBO Max will pull Chappelle's Show later this month.