Fans’ Boycott of ‘Chappelle Show’ Helps Dave Chappelle
Dave Chappelle asked fans to boycott The Chappelle Show since he wasn't getting paid for the show's streams and it paid off.
Even though The Chappelle Show was on Comedy Central for a short run, those couple years featured some of the best sketch comedy to ever hit television.
The Chappelle Show was one of the very few shows I made sure I watched every week it was on because I knew I was guaranteed to laugh out loud more than once every show.
Reruns of The Chappelle Show have been running on several streaming platforms for quite some time on places like Netflix. Dave Chappelle was not happy because his sketches were not bringing in any royalty payments but Comedy Central was making big cash off deals they made with streaming services.
According to MLive, Chappelle early on in his career signed a contract that was not in his best interest which led to him not having rights to his name and likeness, rights that Comedy Central held. So Chappelle took matters into his own hands and asked fans to not stream the show until a fair deal was made to him from Comedy Central and CBS-owned Viacom. Well, the fans pulled it off and a new deal has been made.
Anyone who watched The Chappelle Show knows how amazing his sketch comedy was. The ratings for the show were through the roof and when it was time to renegotiate a better deal that matched the show's success, Comedy Central said no and that is why Chappelle walked.
Many said Chappelle was crazy for walking but I commend him for having integrity. Apparently, his fans have some integrity too since their boycott of streaming his old show became a power move for the comedian.
Chappelle announced on Friday morning via and Instagram video, saying,
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 power of the people, I like it!
Fans are excited about the return of The Chappelle Show to Netflix on February 12. There is no word on how much money was in the deal for Chappelle but it sounds like a wrong has now been made right. Anyone want to boycott auto insurance companies in Michigan with me? Lol.
Chappelle being the class act he is, even thanked Comedy Central and Netflix for their willingness to work out a deal with him.
If there was a quote of the day it has to be this one from Chappelle, "and finally, after all these years, I can finally say to Comedy Central, it's been a pleasure doing business with you.
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