Fans Celebrate After Dave Chappelle Announces Classic Show's Return to Netflix

On Thursday night, Dave Chappelle shared a stand-up clip in which he announced he had now been paid for his work, resulting in the show's return to Netflix.

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Chappelle’s Show, as you surely know by now, has returned to Netflix.

Dave Chappelle made the announcement via a special stand-up clip on Thursday night, recalling the classic comedy’s brief appearance on the streaming platform before it was pulled at his request, which became a cause his fans rallied behind.

“A few weeks ago I put a special out,” Chappelle is seen telling an audience in the clip. “I called it Unforgiven. I told people what my beef was with Comedy Central. I had never talked about it. I demanded that the network pay me. Many of my peers laughed at me ‘cause that’s a ridiculous thing to demand. They said, well, you signed the contract so what are you even mad about? Here’s the thing, I’m very good at minding my own business and the trick to minding your own business is knowing what is your business.”

Chappelle's Show is now streaming on Netflix (US)

— Netflix Is A Joke (@NetflixIsAJoke) February 12, 2021

From there, Chappelle thanked fans for supporting him and later gave shoutouts to both Ted Sarandos of Netflix and Chris McCarthy of ViacomCBS.

“I wanna thank Ted Sarandos at Netflix, the CEO who had the courage to take my show off its platform at financial detriment to his company just because I asked him,” he said. “And I want to thank Chris McCarthy of CBS Viacom. This guy is younger than me—and like most people younger than me—he has an interest in making the past right and did something that was very courageous. And finally, after all these years, I can finally say to Comedy Central, it’s been a pleasure doing business with you.”

The clip closed out with a montage featuring a selection of widely referenced classic moments from the show, which first premiered on Comedy Central back in 2003 and ultimately ran for two full seasons of wall-to-wall greatness.

News of the return of Chappelle’s Show to Netflix, as well as the arrival of the comedian’s celebratory stand-up clip, was met with exactly what should be expected: stokedness.

Ayeeee Dave Chappelle is getting his coins for Chappelle’s Show and it’s coming back to Netflix

— mayacuya (@yayoangelou) February 12, 2021

Chappell successfully changed the way artists renegotiate contracts! This is bigger than most people realize.

— Schwebel Room Podcast (@SchwebelRoom) February 12, 2021

Good news for this Friday.

— Dominique Yates (@RealDYates) February 12, 2021

Happy to hear wrongs were righted. And happy to have the show back guilt free. Legit one of the only shows that seemed to NEVER MISS. Sure some were better than others but damned this show’s floors wasn’t just others roofs. It was a 20 foot antenna over said roof.

— Nicholas Valvano (@NickyVESPN) February 12, 2021

— Julian Valenzuela (@JulianV36829843) February 12, 2021

Dave Chappelle told the world to stop watching ‘Chappelle Show’ until he got paid for it, and we listened.

They cut that man a check and gave him the rights to it like he told them to, and now it’s back on Netflix.

The greatest comedian of all time and it will never be close.

— Colb (@___Colb___) February 12, 2021

"After all these years I can finally say Comedy Central it has been a pleasure doing business with you" - Dave Chappelle

Dave said the new generation is different and has no problems correcting the past. That man got his name and licensing to his show from Comedy Central. Major

— BIGNOAH 👨🏽‍💻 (@BIGNOAH256) February 12, 2021

Dave Chappelle x Redemption Song

I’m happy for him👏🏾🐐

— who said det!? (@belletheringer) February 12, 2021

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