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HBO Max to remove “Chappelle’s Show” at Dave Chappelle’s request

Dave Chappelle doesn't want his popular sketch comedy on streaming platforms because he isn’t getting paid for it.

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The sketch comedy “Chappelle’s Show” will soon be removed from HBO Max. Casey Bloys, the streaming service’s chief content officer, announced the news at Variety’s Virtual FYCFest on Tuesday (Dec. 15).

According to Bloy, he had a conversation with Dave Chappelle about the highly-praised show and concluded that the comedian’s stance regarding its accessibility on streaming platforms is a result of a “very unique and specific and emotional” issue. Considering the D.C. native’s feelings, he added that the “Chappelle’s Show” will no longer be available to stream starting next year. “So at the end of the year, at the end of this year, December 31st, we’ll also, you know, we’re going to honor his request and take the show down,” he said.

As REVOLT previously reported, Chappelle asked streaming services to take the “Chappelle’s Show” down from their platforms because he is not getting compensated. “I found out that these people were streaming my work and they never had to ask me or they never have to tell me,” the comedian said during a recent stand-up. “Perfectly legal ‘cause I signed the contract. But is that right?”

He even asked his fans to join him in boycotting the show until ViacomCBS pays him.

“I’m begging you — if you ever liked me, if you ever think there was anything worthwhile about me, I’m begging you, please don’t watch that show,” Chappelle said. “I’m not asking you to boycott any network — boycott me. Boycott ‘Chappelle’s Show.’ Do not watch it unless they pay me.”

Following his simple request, Netflix subsequently excluded the show from their library of series and movies. “That’s why I like working for Netflix...,” Chappelle explained. “I called them and I told them that this makes me feel bad. And you want to know what they did? They agreed that they would take it off their platform just so I could feel better.”

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