Actor and comedian Dave Chappelle finally opens up about leaving Chappelle’s Show back in 2005.
When Dave Chappelle fans suddenly found Chappelle’s Show off the air back in 2005, they began to ask many questions.
What happened to the show? Where is Chappelle? Is the show ever coming back?
Unfortunately, those are questions that would go unanswered for quite some time.
However, when Dave Chappelle made an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, he finally opened up a little about what really happened.
In a clip from the show, Dave (Letterman that is) eased himself into the line of questioning.
“You had the Dave Chappelle Show on Comedy Central and then you didn’t have the Dave Chappelle Show on Comedy Central, and in comedy the reason most people have a show and then don’t have a show is because they say “We don’t want you to have a show anymore,” but that wasn’t the case here,” Letterman said. “The case here was I guess you said, “I don’t want your show anymore,” and you took a hike.”
Chappelle is quick to tell Letterman (there really are too many Dave’s in the same place at the same time, aren’t there?) that the truth is a little worse than all of this.
“I don’t talk about it.” Chappelle said. “Listen. Here is it. Technically, I never quit. I’m seven years late for work.”
The biggest question is what in the world does that even mean? Did he never actually walk away from the show when he took his sabbatical to South Africa? Did both sides just kind of throw their hands up in the air and say “that’s it” when Chappelle needed some time off?
Chappelle makes it sound a little simpler than all boiled down to a series of choices.
Why don’t you take a look for yourself? Here is the interview from last night’s episode of The Late Show with David Letterman where Dave Chappelle opened up about leaving Chappelle’s Show.
On a side note, this is the first interview that Dave Chappelle has held with David Letterman in ten years.
The Late Show with David Letterman airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. on CBS.