When Dave Chappelle decided to go AWOL from his Comedy Central show Chappelle's Show, speculation was rampant that he was suffering a nervous breakdown or had a drug problem. Now, in an interview in Esquire magazine, the comic talks about what he was thinking at the time.
Chappelle says he left the show because he felt uncomfortable that his bosses at cable network Comedy Central were white.
"The bottom line was, white people own everything," Chappelle said, "and where can a black person go and be himself or say something that's familiar to him and not have to explain or apologize?"
Chappelle told the magazine he also felt like he was losing creative control over his output.
"I felt like I was really pressured to settle for something that I didn't necessarily feel like I wanted," the comedian said.
So Chappelle turned his back on the show ...Read more
The return of the king of comedy was not the lord of the ratings ring.
Chappelle's Show: The Lost Episodes, sans involvement by its namesake star, failed to produce blockbuster numbers for Comedy Central. The special featured many of the people involved in the show, including Charlie Murphy and writer Neal Brennan, and was composed of sketches filmed before Chappelle's infamous walkout last year.
Chappelle's Show was down 21 percent in his most ardent demographic, adults 18-34. The heavily promoted special, which was broadcast Sunday, July 9, scored 1.32 million viewers in the 18-34 demo as opposed to the average 1.67 million the show normally got. In adults 18-49, the show was seen by 1.83 million, a 15 percent decline from the 2.16 million who used to tune in.
The lackluster ratings can be attibuted to a number of reasons, most obvious being ...Read more
Lost was found on DVD last week.
Season two of the hit ABC show landed on retail shelves last week and landed at number one on the DVD sales charts. That's better than Lost: Season One, which came in at number two on the charts when it was released in September of last year.
According to VideoScan, Lost is only the second TV DVD boxed set to debut at number one on the video sales chart. Comedy Central's Chappelle's Show: Uncensored held the honor first, selling 500,000 copies on its first day in May 2005.
Season three of Lost premieres Wednesday, October 4, on ABC. The producers of the show have said they will make the third season "sexier" than the previous seasons, and to that end they hired Brazilian actor Rodrigo Santoro and Elizabeth Mitchell to heat things ...Read more
Chappelle's Show is returning to Comedy Central, but that doesn't mean its star is anytime soon.
The network announced Monday that it will air more episodes of the hit cable series next year using footage shot before Dave Chappelle abandoned the production in May.
But Comedy Central's decision to air the never-before-seen sketches only increases the unlikelihood Chappelle will ever return to complete the third season of the series, the network's president, Doug Herzog, said.
"We have to do this because we have no idea what the future foretells," Herzog said. "He hasn't been able to articulate what he would like to do, so we're moving forward."
Comedy Central first disclosed that it would air more episodes of Chappelle at a taping Sunday night of the upcoming special Comedy Central's Last Laugh '05 in Los Angeles. The production included a two-minute trailer teasing ...Read more
A New York man who claims to have been Dave Chappelle's personal manager for nine months has sued the comedian for more than $850,000, a sum allegedly owed as commission on deals including the ill-fated renewal of Chappelle's Show on Comedy Central.
Mustafa Abuelhija alleges breach of contract and other claims against Chappelle and his production company, Pilot Boy Productions, as well as Focus Features for its role as purchaser of the film Dave Chappelle's Block Party, on which Abuelhija is demanding a producer credit.
According to the complaint, filed this week in US District Court for the Southern District of New York, Abuelhija claims that Chappelle made him his personal manager in August 2004. Abuelhija said he was promised 5 percent of the revenue from Chappelle's personal appearances as well as 10 percent of all revenue the comedian received through any entertainment deals.
The ...Read more
Comedy Central star Dave Chappelle, creator of Chappelle's Show, has made it onto Forbes magazine's annual list of the top 100 entertainers.
In 2004, Chappelle signed a deal with Comedy Central worth $50 million, vaulting him to the top of the comedy heap. Recently, personal problems kept Chappelle from completing the third season of Chappelle's Show, but DVD sales of seasons one and two have set records.
Also making the Forbes list are Jennifer Aniston, formerly of Friends, and Will Ferrell, formerly of Saturday Night Live. Falling from the list are Jim Carrey, Tom Hanks, and Cher, who will somehow have to continue on without getting recognition for being incredibly rich.