Chappelle’s present can be pulled off HBO Max’s request by Dave Chappelle
Last month, at the request of comedian Dave Chappelle, Netflix removed the Comedy Central series Chappelle’s Show from its platform. Chappelle requested removal after claiming he did not approve the licensing agreement between ViacomCBS (owners of Chappelle’s Show) and the streaming giant. Now, according to Variety, HBO has followed suit.
Today (December 15), Variety spoke to Casey Bloys, Chief Content Officer of HBO and HBO Max, during Variety’s Virtual FYCFest. During the interview, Bloys stated that Chapelle’s show will no longer be available on HBO after December 31, 2020. “We had a conversation with Dave. I won’t go into that, but it’s very clear that it’s a very unique, specific, and emotional problem that he has, ”Bloys told Variety. “So, at the end of the year, at the end of this year, on December 31st, we will comply with his request and end the show.”
Netflix announced the removal of Chappelle’s Show from its platform in late November. The decision followed a long video that Dave Chappelle posted on his Instagram account. The clip is titled “Unforgiven” and contains recordings of a recent stand-up performance. During the video, Chappelle stated that he “never got paid” after leaving Chappelle’s show and that he was “angry” when he learned it would be available on Netflix.