Looks like Dave Chappelle got the last laugh in his years-long dispute with Comedy Central over licensing fees for Chappelle’s Show.
The comedian made a surprise announcement in an Instagram post late Thursday night, revealing in a performance video titled “Redemption Song” that his battle for compensation had been settled. Now he’s cool with the show being licensed to Netflix.
“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,” the comedian said.
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He also praised ViacomCBS, parent company of Comedy Central, for “making the past right.”
“Finally after all of these years I can finally say to Comedy Central, ‘it’s been a pleasure doing business with you,’” the comedian added.
As Urban Hollywood 411 reported in November, the comic called on Netflix to remove Chappelle’s Show and the streamer agreed. At the time, he blasted show owner ViacomCBS, for licensing the series without sharing the revenue with him.
Chappelle admitted he agreed to the contractual terms back when he was 28 and broke, but said the deal was not “right.”
He explained that he recently went to his agent to try and settle the dispute quietly, but nothing happened. So he was “publicly flogging” Comedy Central and ViacomCBS. He also urged his fans to “boycott” Chappelle’s Show “unless they pay me.”
The comedian co-created the series, which originally aired on Comedy Central from 2003 to 2006.