Chappelle's Show is returning to Netflix months after Dave Chappelle had the series pulled from the streamer due to a longstanding contract dispute with Comedy Central owner ViacomCBS. Fortunately, these issues have since been resolved, and the comedian's hit sketch comedy series is already back on the streamer for fans to enjoy. Chappelle made the announcement at the end of a recent standup set with the video footage uploaded to the comic's Instagram account.
In the video, Chappelle thanks the fans for their help in making things right with the Chappelle's Showsituation. From the clip:
"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. I asked you to stop watching the 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."
In the set, Chappelle thanks the fans for accepting him back after taking a 12-year hiatus from the public eye. He also gives thanks to Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos for having the "courage" to take the series off the streamer just because he asked, as well as recognizing ViacomCBS executive Chris McCarthy for "making the past right." At the end of the Instagram video, several clips from Chappelle's Show are played as a message reveals the series is back on Netflix as of Feb. 12.
Chappelle's Show originally ran for two full seasons on Comedy Central before Chappelle abruptly quit the series during the production of season 3. During its run, the series was one of the most popular shows on television, turning Chappelle into one of the world's most popular comedians. With many sketches featuring memorable lines that are still often quoted to this day, fans can now hop on Netflix to revisit classic segments like Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories with Rick James, Chappelle's take on Lil Jon, and the Training Day parody co-starring Wayne Brady.
Last month, it was reported that Chappelle had tested positive for Covid-19, canceling a run of stand-up shows in Texas as a result. At the time, he immediately placed himself into quarantine but noted that he was asymptomatic and had been taking every precaution to avoid the virus. A statement released by his rep stressed that Dave had "implemented COVID-19 protocols which included rapid testing for the audience and daily testing for himself and his team. His diligent testing enabled him to immediately respond by quarantining, thus mitigating the spread of the virus."
In the Instagram video, Chappelle also addresses the Capitol riot in January as well as his recent battle with Covid-19. To the "cowards" who poked fun at Dave's illness last month, Chappelle jokes, "Enjoy yourselves, motherf---ers, because I'm better now." This news comes to us from Dave Chappelle on Instagram.