Dave Chappelle released an unexpected clip from a standup performance on Thursday in which he revealed that Chappelle’s Show is returning to Netflix on Feb. 12.
Towards the finish of the around 10-minute video captioned “Redemption Song,” Chappelle wrapped up by making the declaration and saying thanks to Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos for pulling Chappelle’s Show at his request in November.
“I asked you to stop watching the show and thank God almighty for you, you did,” Chappelle said. “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 added, “And finally, after all these years, I can finally say to Comedy Central: It’s been a pleasure doing business with you.”
In November, not exactly a month after the dearest sketch arrangement appeared on Netflix, the real time feature eliminated Chappelle’s Show from its list at his solicitation. The comedian, who has had an professional relationship with Netflix throughout the previous four years, requested that the streamer pull the series because of a debate with the channel and its parent organization, ViacomCBS. Chappelle affirmed that the underlying contract he signed to produce Chappelle’s Show has kept him from getting eminences for the arrangement and permitted the organization to license it without his consent.
In the standup clip posted Thursday, the joke artist additionally railed against individuals he said “rejoiced” in his COVID-19 determination, just as the Capitol rioters.
“When a hero stumbles, well the cowards rejoice. Nothing feels better to a coward than to watch a brave guy fall,” Chappelle said. “Now you guys might’ve seen in the news that I caught coronavirus recently, and I did. Oops.
“I did because in the beginning of the pandemic, I talked to a guy in the live entertainment business and I said, ‘When can we go back to work?’ He said probably some time in 2022. And I said ‘There’s no f—in way I can wait that long,'” he continued.
In January, Chappelle tried positive for COVID-19 and dropped shows in Austin, Tex. As demonstrated in the video, Redemption Song was shot at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater in the city where he was initially expected to perform.
“I just tried to find a way that I could work. You see what we’ve been doing,” Chappelle said, referencing his socially distanced shows in Ohio. “All of you who had to endure this invasive test and wear these masks just so we can be out and hang out and be together. I tried. And after all these months, after doing all these shows, goddamnit my number was up and then I had the ‘rona.”
Chappelle later turned to talking about the Capitol attacks on Jan. 6 that left five individuals dead.
“Watch that crowd that told Colin Kaepernick he can’t kneel during a football game try to beat a police officer to death with an American flag,” Chappelle said.
“… [White people] felt what Black people have been feeling for 400 years for 30 minutes, stormed the Capitol and rubbed their s— on the walls. They carried a Confederate flag through the rotunda. The Confederate army didn’t even do that. Motherf—ers you went very far.”
He added, “If you can solve a Black American’s problems, this country would have no problems. You so busy talking about pronouns and this that and the other, but this is a very basic wrong. They kidnapped us, they brought us here, they treated us like s— and all the time that they did that, they were afraid that we would do what you would do in the same situation. But do we storm the halls of Capitol and rub our s— on the walls? Of course not. If that would’ve worked, we would’ve tried it.”