Dave Chappelle Finally Talked About Quitting ‘Chappelle’s Show’ (Sort Of)

June 11th, 2014 // 15 Comments
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In a rare interview, Dave Chappelle stopped by The Late Show with David Letterman last night where, according to hundreds of Internet headlines, he supposedly opened up about quitting Chappelle’s Show and walking away from goddamn millions. Except what really happened is he gave a bunch of awkward, ambiguous remarks about money and happiness where you can tell even he doesn’t know if he made the right decision. He also seems to regret not living a life as awesome as Jay Z‘s which is understandable because who doesn’t want to get their ass beat by a crazed in-law because they banged a hostess who’s way less hotter than their wife? That’s the whole purpose of being.

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  1. Beyonce is only hotter if you are into fat butterfaces. Which Fish is.

  2. Noah

    Dave is a comedic genius; too bad he’s so fucked in the head.

    • “There’s a fine line between genius and insanity.”

    • What you call “fucked” fuels his genius. All truly talented, creative people are abnormal (by definition). If they were normal, they wouldn’t stand out.

      Besides, maybe they’re the normal ones and we’re the fucked up ones. It’s hard being one of the few sane people in this insane asylum we call life.

    • Deacon Jones

      He definitely had some type of psychological break around the time he left, and Im not sure he’s been the same since. He’s freaked out on a place and tried entering the cockpit, he’s had shows where he’s stormed off stage within minutes, I think he definitely smoked too much STRONG weed and it fucked him up in the head.

      What was he on there promoting anyways?

    • Tom Cruise's Dignity

      The show had been going downhill even before he quit. I knew shit was about to get bad when he started having to do his monologues sitting down, because he was too high to even stand. No seriously, they had to bring a chair out for him and he could barely talk. It was just sad.

      If you can’t keep your shit together for 15 monologues a year, shit’s not going well.

    • Hobble

      He’s not fucked up in the head, Hollywood is a fucked up environment. Through interviews (inside the actors studio especially) you can tell that he’s a pretty smart guy, and well grounded. Show business takes it’s toll on those types of people, generally the only people who can live the Hollywood life are people who are a bit fucked up.

  3. Men in Tights gave him a pass from me long before Chappelle’s Show. Maybe he regrets leaving, maybe he left for reasons he doesn’t want to divulge. In either case, I don’t care. I just want him to make more comedy.

  4. Dave has talked about quitting in his standup routine: He said that he used to argue with the execs that his audience was smart and should be respected–then people started shouting “I’m Rick James, bitch!” at Dave wherever he went, and he lost his respect for his audience.

    Then he quit his show.

    Dave, like most comedians, is a misanthrope. As am I.

    As the saying goes: “I love humanity. It’s people I can’t stand.”

  5. Ted

    He already did such an interview a couple of years ago on Conan O’Brien when he was still on NBC. But his incoherence on Letterman tells me he spends more than just a few dollars on weed. Like Samuel L. Jackson’s line from Jackie Brown, “You keep smoking that, it’s gonna rob you of your ambition.” Unfortunately, Chappelle took the attitude of

  6. Ted

    Got cut off, the next line is “Not if you ambition is to get high & watch TV.”

  7. ManWhoHasSeenAVagina

    He fucked over a lot of people. His co-stars, writing staff, and crew all lost what may have been their dream jobs.

    Notice how he hasn’t been particularly funny since he quit? You know what else happened as part of quitting the show? His writing partner (who co-created the show), Neal Brennan, stopped working with him. Maybe Neal had the real talent between them? Neal’s stand-up is okay, not as good as Dave’s early stuff, but maybe Dave’s apparent early talent was based off of Neal’s writing. A lot of “name” comedians don’t write their own material, or at least not all of it. Paul Mooney wrote a lot of stuff for Richard Pryor.

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