To promote his two stand-up specials dropping tomorrow on Netflix, Dave Chappelle spoke to CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King about a number of issues, including his decision to walk away from the Chappelle Show (and a $50 million payday), his post-show career, and his problems with Comedy Central's Key and Peele.
In the years since his abrupt exit from Comedy Central's Chappelle's Show, the comedian hasn't talked much about why he left the show. But in your mind you're like, "That b**** is insane".
I'm a fan of their show. He used to have these parties where we would go over to his house, and there would be all these musicians that I admired, and they'd just do these jam sessions in the basement.
Chappelle had it all when he chucked it and fled to South Africa in 2005.
Dave Chappelle is in the midst of promoting his two upcoming comedy specials that will release tomorrow (March 21), and as a result we have more interviews with the storied comedian than we know what to do with. And at the end of the day, ultimately, I didn't feel good about what I did. I didn't know him that well, but the times that we hung out were fun and very memorable and often amusing. On the guitar pick, it said, "Love God.' And, you know, she had been in the front row".
And that's what took place in Dave Chappelle's life in the early 2000s. "I found a way that - to do what I liked to do and avoid some of the parts of it that I was uncomfortable with", Chappelle said about his time away from the spotlight. I've been all over the country touring all my life, but I never saw anything. And I fought the network very hard so that those conventions could come to fruition. "It wasn't like I brushed past them like 'I don't want to hear it, ' I had time to stop like 'You do?' It was just like the way that I engaged with the world was different". "I think there was a speculation that Dave doesn't like Key & Peele", King began (that would be putting it mildly - last October Chappelle said he's been "watching Key & Peele do my show the last five fucking years"). "I think that when you get to a certain altitude there's more scrutiny over the things you say, because the platform is so powerful".