Netflix removes Dave Chappelle’s show after comedian’s complaint

Netflix removes Dave Chappelle's show after comedian's complaint
Chappelle as he appears in his Netflix special Sticks & Stones. Source: LESTER COHEN/NETFLIX
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Daily US Times: Streaming giant Netflix has removed comedian Dave Chappelle’s 2000s sketch show after the comedian complained he wasn’t getting paid as part of the deal for it to be streamed.

Dave Chappelle’s show first aired on Comedy Central from 2002 to 2006.

Mr Chappelle claimed recently that he “never got paid” royalties after the show’s original run.

He castigated ViacomCBS, Comedy Central’s parent company, for continuing to make the show available on HBO Max.

The 47-year-old said: “People think I made a lot of money from Chappelle’s Show. When I left that show I never got paid.”

He claimed he was “desperate” when he signed his original contract. The terms of the contracts means ViacomCBS and other parties can rebroadcast Chappelle’s Show without being obliged to pay him.

Mr Chappelle said: “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 because I signed the contract,” he added.

The comedian recently referenced the matter while hosting the weekly comedy show Saturday Night Live (SNL).

On that show, he joked that his great-grandfather William Chappelle, who was born in slavery in 1857, would have thought his descendent had been “bought and sold” more than he had been.

Netflix, ViacomCBS and HBO Max have yet to comment.

In the video he posted on Tuesday under the title Unforgiven, he alleged that HBO Max and Netflix had decided to stream the series after his SNL hosting role was announced.

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