HBO Max complies with a request from Dave Chappelle to remove “Chappelle’s Show” from the streaming service at the end of this year.
Casey Bloys, HBO and HBO Max’s chief content officer, revealed the keynote on day one of Variety Virtual FYCFest.
“We had a conversation with Dave. I will not go into it, but it is very clear that it is a very unique and specific and emotional problem that he has, ”said Bloys VarietyTV editor Daniel Holloway. “So at the end of the year, at the end of this year, December 31st, we’re going to honor his request and shut down the show.”
Chappelle previously got Netflix to take the show that also bears his name. In a lengthy video of one of his stand-up sets posted to Instagram, Chappelle explained that due to the nature of the deal he signed years ago when the show was made, he will not receive any compensation when ViacomCBS licenses it to streamers like HBO Max or Netflix.
“They (ViacomCBS) didn’t have to pay me because I signed the contract,” Chappelle said in the video. But is that correct? I found out that these people were streaming my work and they never had to ask or tell me. Completely legal because I signed the contract. But is that correct? I don’t think so either. “
In the same video, Chappelle told the story of how HBO turned down its pitch for the show when he brought them to Comedy Central.
‘They literally said,’ What do we need you for? ‘That’s what they told me when they kicked me out of the office,’ What do we need you for? ‘ “, He said. “And here we are all these years later, streaming the show I was pitching for them. So I ask them, what do you need me for? “