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Actor on Chappelle's Show says he is certain the show won't return to the airwaves. Comedy Central waits with open arms.
Aug 03, 2005
Chappelle's kaput
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Charlie Murphy, older brother of Eddie Murphy and one of the stars of Chappelle's Show, says he doesn't think the show will return to television. The third season was delayed indefinitely after series star Dave Chappelle disappeared for several days, turning up in South Africa on what he said was a "spiritual retreat."...

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Comedian talks about why he suddenly quit his ultrapopular sketch comedy show.
Apr 13, 2006
Chappelle speaks up about frap-out

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 ...

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late-night chats
Jun 11, 2014
Dave Chappelle: "I Never Quit Chappelle's Show" (VIDEO)
During the comedian's first late-night appearance in years, he spoke to David Letterman about his 2005 exit from Comedy Central.
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First Up: E! vs. Comedy Central
Mar 16, 2011
America's Got Cable: The Search for the Country's Finest Cable Channel
The time has come to finally sort through and rank the channels for which we overpay every month.
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Battle of the Cable Channels
Dec 02, 2011
America's Got Cable, Round 2: Syfy vs. Comedy Central
Round 2 begins! There are a lot of cable channels out there. It's time to choose who lives and who dies.
Return of Chappelle's Show lackluster at Comedy Central.
Jul 12, 2006
Chappelle ratings Lost

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 ...

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Mysterious island drama racks up sales as it gets set to return for a third season.
Sep 14, 2006
Lost reigns supreme on DVD

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 ...

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Network to give David Chappelle fans a taste of what could have been.
Dec 06, 2005
Chappelle's Show, but not its star, return to Comedy Central

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 ...

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A former employee demands a hefty sum from the troubled comedian.
Dec 15, 2005
Chappelle sued over commissions

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.

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He's come a long way, baby. Comedian Dave Chappelle makes the annual list of wealthy celebrities.
Jun 15, 2005
Chappelle makes Forbes list

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.

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"Chappelle's Show" takes comedian Dave Chappelle's own personal joke book and brings it to life, with episodes consisting of sketches, man-on-the-street pieces, and pop culture parodies introduced by Dave in a stand-up format in front of a studio audience. Chappelle's unique point-of-view on the world provides a hilarious, defiant and sometimes dangerous look at American culture, including music, movies, television, advertising, current events, and everyday life situations.moreless