Dave Chappelle released a new comedy clip on social media called “Redemption Song” where he discussed his recent Covid-19 diagnosis, the riot at the U.S. Capitol and at the end announced that “Chappelle’s Show” was returning to Netflix after Viacom executives did the right thing and paid him for his classic show.
In the 10 minute clip, shot at Stubb’s Bar-B-Q in Austin, Texas and Chappelle thanked Netflix head Ted Sarandos for removing the show after Dave blasted Viacom for not paying him for the popular comedy series.
Chappelle explained to the audience that he was also able to renegotiate his previous deal with ViacomCBS and the company finally paid him for the classic show they have made millions off of.
“I asked you to stop watching the show and thank God almighty for you, you did,” Chappelle said proudly. “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,” he told the cheering crowd.
Chappelle had shared his grievances with Viacom last fall. He revealed that he doesn’t see a dime for the show, which was still in heavy rotation on television and streaming platforms after he walked away from his lucrative Comedy Central deal (Viacom owns Comedy Central).
Netflix and HBO Max pulled the show from its streaming services out of respect for the legendary comedian, which allowed him the leverage needed to get what he was due.
Now that the financials have been handled, fans will now be able to enjoy the classic show again-guilt free.
“Chappelle’s Show” will return to Netflix on Feb. 12.