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It’s been years since Dave Chappelle walked away from his comedy show and just about as long 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.”