Dave Chappelle Surprised Fans With the News That 'Chappelle Show' Is Back on Netflix

Taran Underwood

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After deciding to remove Chappelle's Show from Netflix in 2020, Dave Chappelle has evidently had a change of heart. Last week, the comedian released a surprise clip from a standup performance, letting viewers know that the show is back on Netflix. He shared the video on Instagram and captioned it "Redemption Song," followed by a little explanation of what had happened. 

At the end of the video, Chappelle formally announced that his show is back on the streaming platform. He gave a sincere thank you to Ted Sarandos, Netflix Co-CEO, for taking Chappelle's Show off the site in November when he'd requested it. "I asked you to stop watching the show and thank God almighty for you, you did," Dave shared with his fans.

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"You made that show worthless because, without your eyes, it's nothing. And when you stopped watching it, they called me," Chappelle continued. "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." The show had only been available on Netflix for less than a month when the comedian decided it needed to be taken down for personal reasons.

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Chappelle has worked with Netflix for years, but for this particular show, there were some conflicts. He said he asked a streamer to remove the show due to a dispute with ViacomCBS. "I'm begging you. If you ever liked me, Boycott Chappelle's Show," he instructed his fans back in November. He also revealed that the contract he'd signed had prevented him from receiving royalties for the show and gave the production company the power to license it without his permission. 

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"And finally, after all these years, I can finally say to Comedy Central: It's been a pleasure doing business with you," Chappelle shared. As of now, if you scroll through Netflix, you'll find quite a selection of this hilarious guy's standup shows, so get ready for some more laughs from the one and only Dave Chappelle!