Dave Chappelle’s present is again on Netflix, and he is been paid

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“Chappelle’s Present” has returned to Netflix as of Friday, and you’ve got solely yourselves accountable. And that, in response to the comedian behind the basic program, is an excellent factor.

Dave Chappelle introduced his present’s return to the streaming platform — and his current cost for it — in a efficiency known as “Redemption Music,” posted late Thursday on Instagram.

“This can be a essential second,” he mentioned. “I wish to thank Ted Sarandos at Netflix, a CEO who had the braveness to take my exhibit its platform, at monetary detriment to his firm, simply because I requested him.”

The request was a part of Chappelle’s effort just a few months again, after his 2003-06 present debuted Nov. 1 on Netflix with no further cost to him. He mentioned he had known as Sarandos and requested him to tug the present “simply so I might really feel higher.” The streamer agreed to do its comedy star’s bidding.

Chappelle continued Thursday: “I wish to thank Chris McCarthy of CBS Viacom [sic]. This man is youthful than me, and like most individuals youthful than me, has an curiosity in making the previous proper. … Lastly, in spite of everything these years, I can lastly say to Comedy Central, it’s been a pleasure doing enterprise with you.”

He pinned accountability for that success straight on his fan base.

After taking a circuitous route in his efficiency by way of a scathing dialogue of Edward Snowden, the upheaval in Ferguson, Mo., militarization of police and the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, Chappelle mentioned he is aware of the place his energy lies: together with his followers.

“I requested you to cease watching the present, and thank God almighty for you, you probably did,” he mentioned. “You made that present nugatory, as a result of with out your eyes, it’s nothing. And whenever you stopped watching it, they known as me, and I received my identify again. And I received my license again. And I received my present again. And so they paid me thousands and thousands of {dollars}. Thanks very a lot.”

In November, Chappelle mentioned in his “Unforgiven” particular that his followers had been his “actual boss” and that the “public flogging” he was giving Comedy Central was not one thing performers had been alleged to do. He might do it, he mentioned, due to the general public help he has.

Dave Chappelle in a dark suit with a microphone

Dave Chappelle performs at his Mark Twain Prize for American Humor ceremony.

(Jati Lindsay)

“I’m coming to you,” he mentioned on the time. “I’m begging you, in case you ever appreciated me, in case you ever assume there was something worthwhile about me, I’m begging you: Please don’t watch that present. I’m not asking you to boycott any community. Boycott me.”

Chappelle mentioned in November that he had reached out to what he presumed was a brand new group of individuals working Comedy Central and requested them to evaluate what he received paid for doing “Chappelle’s Present” again within the day, in contrast with how a lot the present has made.

Netflix and HBO Max received streaming rights to the sequence within the U.S. by way of a nonexclusive cope with ViacomCBS, which owns Comedy Central. The exhibits will finally turn out to be unique to the CBS All Entry streaming service, quickly to be often known as Paramount+.

Chappelle received no further cash for the streaming deal, having unwittingly given up these rights years in the past, in perpetuity, earlier than the prospect of streaming TV even existed.

“It is advisable know easy methods to remedy your issues,” he mentioned Thursday. “It is advisable know the place your energy lies. You’re People, so your energy lies in one another.”

Chappelle additionally addressed his January bout with COVID-19, contracted after he was doing what he might to maintain performing in the course of the pandemic. “In spite of everything these months and doing all these exhibits … my quantity was up, after which I had the ’rona. Aww.”

Most individuals wished him a speedy restoration, he mentioned.

“However there was a faction of individuals, the cowards, who mentioned, ‘You see that, Dave Chappelle, that’s why we keep inside the place it’s secure, and we by no means attempt something.’

“Effectively, take pleasure in your self …,” Chappelle mentioned, “’trigger I’m higher now.”

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