Dave Chappelle made the announcement at the end of a clip from a performance he did at Stubb’s Bar-B-Q in Austin, Texas and thanked Netflix head Ted Sarandos for removing the show at his request back in November. HBO Max soon followed suit and pulled the popular comedy series.
In the new ten minute clip, which is titled “Redemption Song,” Chappelle recapped his issues with Comedy Central said that he was able to renegotiate his deal with the channel’s owner, ViacomCBS, after calling for a boycott of the series. The comedian also thanked ViacomCBS’ Chris McCarthy for “making the past right.”
“I never asked Comedy central for anything. If you remember I said ‘I’m going to my real boss’ and I came to you because I know where my power lies,” Chappelle said. “I asked you to stop watching the show and thank God almighty for you, you did. You made that show worthless because without your eyes it’s nothing. And when you stopped watching it, they called me. And I got my name back and I got my license back and I got my show back and they paid me millions of dollars. Thank you very much.”
Chappelle closed out the clip by saying, “Finally after all of these years I can finally say to Comedy Central, ‘it’s been a pleasure doing business with you.’”
Chappelle previously pointed out that he received no compensation when the series was streamed due to an agreement he signed with ViacomCBS in an 18-minute-long clip he posted to Instagram in late November of 2020. That will no longer be the case.
“They (ViacomCBS) didn’t have to pay me because I signed the contract,” Chappelle said back in Nov. “But is that right? 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 ‘cause I signed the contract. But is that right?”
Elsewhere in the new “Redemption Song” clip, Chappelle talked about getting and recovering from COVID-19, the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, Colin Kaepernick, and more.
Check out the new clip below.