“Chapelle’s Present” is again on Netflix — and this time it has Dave Chapelle’s blessing, who says he obtained “tens of millions of dollars” after hard-knuckle contract negotiations with the streaming large.
In an Instagram video clip posted Thursday, the comic stated the Comedy Central present he created and famously left was returning to Netflix on Friday — simply over two months after it was yanked at his request.
Within the 10-minute, 46-second video, Chappelle additionally revealed that his well-publicized name for a boycott of this system over a royalty dispute is what finally what paved the best way for his new and profitable deal.
“I requested you to cease watching the present and thank God almighty for you, you probably did,” Chappelle stated. “You made that present nugatory as a result of with out your eyes it’s nothing.”
“And while you stopped watching it, they referred to as me. And I obtained my title again and I obtained my license again and I obtained my present again and so they paid me tens of millions of dollars. Thanks very a lot.”
Referred to as “Redemption Track,” the video reveals Chappelle talking about getting coronavirus, the latest rebellion in Washington DC, and other people needing to know “the place their energy lies”
He additionally rehashed his yearslong dispute with Comedy Central, the place “Chappelle’s Present” initially ran from 2003 to 2006, and his calls for that they pay him royalties for any syndication offers, including, “I do know the place my energy lies.”
Chappelle thanked Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos for having “the braveness to take exhibit its platform at a monetary detriment to his firm, simply because I requested him to.” He additionally thanked Chris McCarthy of ViacomCBS for “making the previous proper,” by finishing the deal.
He ended the clip by concluding, “in spite of everything these years, I can lastly say to Comedy Central, ‘It’s been a pleasure doing enterprise with you.’”
Netflix didn’t instantly reply to requests for touch upon Friday.
“Chapelle’s Present” had begun streaming on Netflix within the US Nov. 1. In an 18-minute video of his standup launched on Nov. 24, Chappelle talked concerning the horrible contract he signed with Comedy Central and revealed that he had requested Netflix to tug the present, which they subsequently did.
“Folks suppose I made some huge cash from ‘Chappelle’s Present,’” he stated. “After I left that present I by no means obtained paid. They didn’t need to pay me as a result of I signed the contract. However is that proper? I came upon that these folks have been streaming my work and so they by no means needed to ask me or they by no means have to inform me. Completely authorized as a result of I signed the contract. However is that proper? I didn’t suppose so, both.”
The sketch comedy present was a significant hit for Comedy Central and catapulted the comic’s profession. However after signing a reported $50 million deal forward of the present’s third season, Chappelle shockingly give up the sequence, citing the stress of manufacturing the present and his growing discomfort with the fabric in its sketches.