Dave Chappelle is flexing his industry muscles – big time! He asked Netflix to pull his old Comedy Central sketch show from their service and they actually did.
The comedian broke the news on Tuesday in a new stand-up segment he posted called ‘Unforgiven‘. Where in front of a live audience, he talked about how he recently called up Netflix and told them how displeased he was that they were streaming ‘Chappelle’s Show.’
In his act, Dave narrates how it went down. To cut the story, he says he has no say, rights, or rights to revenue over the show. It belongs to Comedy Central, which belongs to Viacom – it’s perfectly legal for Viacom to do what it wants with it since he signed a deal years ago. But, he also asks; is that right?
Apparently, Dave posed that question to Netflix as well. They must have either agreed with him or just wanted to keep him happy. Either way, “Chappelle’s Show” is off the platform – something they didn’t have to do. This says a lot about his relationship with Netflix. Churning out special after special with them for a few years now – which have been great successes
Clearly, Netflix respects him enough to honor his wishes and keep that partnership going. Dave Chappelle forecasted his frustration about Netflix and HBO Max landing rights to stream ‘Chappelle’s Show’ in his SNL monologue just earlier this month.
He made it clear that he didn’t make a dime off these licensing deals, and worked the revelation into being bought and sold like a slave.
On the other hand, HBO Max is still streaming ‘Chappelle’s Show’ right now. Unclear if they’re planning to follow suit, but based on Dave’s history with the network, we highly doubt that.