Dave Chappelle Reveals Real Reason He Left ‘Chappelle’s Show’ — Watch

Wed, June 11, 2014 4:52pm EDT by Add first Comment

It’s been almost a decade since Dave Chappelle walked away from his hit Comedy Central sketch series, ‘Chappelle’s Show,’ and the famously reclusive comedian finally opened up about why he left television during an appearance on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ on June 10. Watch the revealing interview right here!

Dave Chappelle is stepping back into the spotlight after years of flying under the radar! Fans are elated that the elusive comedian will be performing in eight almost sold-out stand-up shows at Radio City Music Hall next week, but many are still wondering why he left the game in the first place. And during his first television appearance in six years, on The Late Show with David Letterman, the man behind the best Prince impression of all time finally explains his reasons for abandoning Chapelle’s Show in 2005.

Dave Chappelle On Leaving ‘Chappelle’s Show': Star Opens Up To Letterman

When Dave abruptly quit his hugely successful show in the middle of its third season and escaped to South Africa in 2005, many suspected he was having some kind of meltdown. But Dave told David Letterman that was not the case at all.


First of all, he clarified the truth about his departure from the show by quipping, “Technically, I never quit. I’m seven years late for work. It’s like divorce in the ’50s. You go out for cigarettes and don’t come back.”

But all jokes aside, Dave explained that he hopped a flight to South Africa for two weeks because, “There’s not too many good hiding places left in America.”

And as for all the buzz surrounding his sudden departure at the time, well, it seems Dave was blissfully unaware. “I don’t know if it was mysterious or not mysterious. It was like living on the corner of perception and reality,” he explained to Dave. “It’s a weird place to be. When everyone thought Wesley Snipes was in jail, I saw him at a party.”

Dave Chappelle: How He Feels About Walking Away From A $50 Million-Deal

Dave Letterman was just as curious as we were about Dave leaving Chappelle’s Show and he even asked the comedian what it was like to turn down a reported $50 million-deal from Comedy Central.

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

While Dave said money is “not the end-all be-all,” as far as he’s concerned, he admitted he might be a “happier person” if he had an extra $40 mil laying around.

“The only difference between having $10 million and $50 million is an astounding $40 million,” he joked. “Of course I would have liked to have that money.”

So HollywoodLifers, are YOU excited about Dave Chappelle’s comeback? Let us know!

– Tierney McAfee

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