Dave Chappelle sketch series Chappelle's Show removed from Netflix

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  • Warning: This article contains strong language.
  • Dave Chappelle's comedy sketch series Chappelle's Show has been removed from Netflix.
  • This comes after the comedian requested that the streaming service remove the show.
  • "I called them, and I told them that this makes me feel bad," said Chappelle in a stand-up set posted on his Instagram account.

The comedy sketch series Chappelle's Show by Dave Chappelle has been removed from Netflix at the request of the comedian.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the series premiered on the streaming service less than a month ago.

The 47-year-old shared the news in a stand-up routine posted on Instagram captioned: "Unforgiven. This is why."

"When I left that show I never got paid. They 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 had to tell me. Perfectly legal 'cause I signed the contract. But is that right? I didn't think so either."

He went on to say that when he found out that the show was on the streaming service, he was furious.

"So, you know what I did? I called them, and I told them that this makes me feel bad. And you want to know what they did? They agreed that they would take it off their platform just so I could feel better."

The Emmy award winner who signed a comedy special deal with Netflix in 2016 went on to praise the company for their reaction.

"That's why I fuck with Netflix. Because they paid me my money, they do what they say they're going to do, and they went above and beyond what you can expect from a businessman. They did something just because they thought that I might think that they were wrong. I do, I think if you are fucking streaming that show, you're fencing stolen goods. They stole that from me. They just took it. I'm not up here trying to tell you guys that I believe that Comedy Central gave me a raw deal just because I'm Black, I believe they gave me a raw deal because this fucking industry is a monster."


The series aired on Comedy Central and ran for three seasons from 2003-2006. It is still available to stream on CBS All Access and HBO Max in the US, reports CNN.

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