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Here’s why ‘Chappelle’s Show’ just disappeared from Netflix

BGR — Jacob Siegal
  • Dave Chappelle asked Netflix to stop streaming Chappelle’s Show and the company obliged.
  • Chappelle says that “if you are f***ing streaming that show you’re fencing stolen goods” because he doesn’t make any money when it is licensed by ViacomCBS.
  • Chappelle’s Show is still streaming on CBS All Access and HBO Max for now.

Fans of comedy were pleasantly surprised when Netflix added legendary Comedy Central sketch series Chappelle’s Show to its library at the beginning of the month. Since the show stopped airing, it has been broadcast and streamed on a variety of networks and online platforms, but this was the first time it had ever made its way to the most popular streaming service on the planet. Unfortunately, its tenure on Netflix was short-lived.

Dave Chappelle has always had a complicated relationship with the show, which he walked away from in the middle of production on the third season. ViacomCBS owns the rights to the TV show, and despite the fact that Chappelle’s name is in the title, he doesn’t make any money when the show is licensed out.

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Understandably, this never sat well with the comedian, and as he explained in a video on Instagram on Tuesday, he was disappointed to see the show on Netflix, where he has a massive contract to deliver stand-up specials and more content down the line. As he explains in the video, he called Netflix as soon as he found out the company had started streaming Chappelle’s Show and asked them to take it down. Netflix obliged. The Verge has transcribed the relevant pieces of the Instagram video where Chappelle explains the situation in detail:

A search on Netflix reveals that the show is now missing. At the time of writing, Chappelle’s Show is still available on CBS All Access and HBO Max. So you can still watch the show online, just not on Netflix.

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