Dave Chappelle Says He Never Quit, He’s Just “7 Years Late For Work”

by / June 11, 2014 Black News 16 Comments

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It’s been years since Dave Chappelle walked away from his comedy show and just about as Lettermanlong since he visited David Letterman’s couch. On Tuesday, however, Chappelle appeared on “Late Night” to discuss his future and his abrupt departure from Chappelle’s Show.

Chappelle’s Show was a huge success until Chappelle decided to walk away, leaving millions of dollars on the table in 2005. Nowadays, Chappelle says the one event in his life that still has some fans perplexed doesn’t really bother him at all. He also says that since he never officially quit, he’s just late.

“I don’t talk about it,” the comedian explained. “Listen, here it is: Technically, I never quit. I’m seven years late for work.”

Chappelle compared his break-up with Comedy Central to how people used to get divorced back in the day.

“People didn’t go to divorce court. They just look at their wife and were like, ‘I’m going to go get a pack of cigarettes. I’ll be right back.’ They just leave with the clothes on their back and make a go of it.”

Chappelle seems to admit that the main disagreement with the network had to do with money.

“I look at it like this: I’m at a restaurant with my wife — it’s a nice restaurant and we’re eating dinner. I look across the room and see this guy eating dinner and I say, ‘You see this guy across the room? He has $100 million, and we’re eating the same entree.’ Ok, fine, I don’t have $50 million or whatever it was. Let’s say I have $10 million in the bank — the difference in lifestyle is miniscule. The only difference between having $10 million and $50 million is an astounding $40 million. Of course I would like to have that money.”

He went on to say that he understands why people think he was crazy for leaving.

“Look, Dave, it’s very hard to go through something like this because no one has really done it before. So there’s not too many people that don’t think I’m crazy.”




16 Comment

  1. He was and is of sound brain function so my feeling is he can do what he wants if it’s legal!

    More people should live up too the convictions they have!

  2. Dave,I commend you on standing up for what you believe in (les brown) because you can fall for anything…I admire your walking away,to preserve your integrity…leeches attached themselves too your future because they could and the only way to get rid of them was by sacrificing the money they left on the table…I admire you because you made sure your family had enough too exist while you paid the price to get rid of greedy trash that jumped on your success…because they could…yellow spring oh 🙂 I am a real buckeye,most people never heard of it…perfect parked your life there while you rebrand…you are not only a great comedian,you are extremely intelligent…"LATE FOR WORK" now that's funny….peace

  3. Dave did Dave as well as he could. That’s a lot of money to give up not to be their puppet but not much has changed in that industry so he has to understand he’s returning to the same stuff. Hope he’s ready for those clowns ’cause they don’t give you a lot of chances when you say no to them.

  4. The real story is those hollywood jews tried to take over writing his scripts/joke which included increasing racist propaganda—and displayed through Dave. He refused…and walked away.. He wont discuss this as it would end his access to hollywood.

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