Dave Chappelle Is Ecstatic To Have Regained Control Of His Legendary Show

He said he abstained from resentment when Viacom profited from his culture-shifting "Chappelle's Show."

Dave Chappelle, the stand-up comedian, has once again overcome the odds. Remember, when he abruptly walked away from a guaranteed $50 million contract as the star of his own eponymous Comedy Central show, he was at the height of his powers. And he not only made it through those difficult times, but he thrived.
Today, Chappelle is rejoicing in the fact that he has regained ownership of his iconic show while still pocketing millions of dollars — a remarkable occurrence in Hollywood.
On “The Joe Rogan Experience,” the 47-year-old Washington, D.C. resident and father of three demonstrated what happened.

“You’re the first guy to beat the system,” a still incredulous Rogan said. “You’re the first guy to get f—ed over by the system, go public with it, and then get your money.”
Chappelle, too, can’t believe it happened, as shown by the expression of astonishment on his face. “I still can’t wrap my mind around it. But I do have to shout out Chris McCarthy at ViacomCBS. When we were working this out, his approach was someone who was actually trying to resolve something. It was amazing, man,” he said.
Chappelle’s situation is special. Many entertainers have spoken out about being manipulated by a studio or label that profits from their work while paying them little or nothing in return. Their complaints, on the other hand, are seldom addressed properly.

After suddenly leaving it in 2005 and sojourning in Africa, Chappelle said he abstained from resentment when Viacom profited from his culture-shifting “Chappelle’s Show.”

In 2020, the Grammy-winning comedian made headlines when he called for a boycott of “Chappelle’s Show” because Viacom was screening old episodes without paying him royalties. He said using the therapeutic powers of comedy to put Viacom on blast helped him avoid the emotionally eroding impact that resentment can have.
“It wasn’t a court of law. I don’t believe I would have got anything in a court of law,” Chappelle said. “I think in the court of public opinion it was a good time for me to say my piece, and through the years it wasn’t something I would harp on. It was something I was actually reluctant to talk about.”

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