Dave Chappelle Explains Reasons for Ditching Comedy Central on “The Late Show”

Posted Wednesday June 11, 2014 10:10 AM GMT

Back in 2005 he was on top of the world with a hit cable series and plenty of love from his fans, but Dave Chappelle elected to hit the eject button on “Chapelle’s Show” despite it all.

During his interview on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” the “Half-Baked” star explained, "I don't talk about it. Listen, here it is: Technically, I never quit. I'm seven years late for work."

Furthermore, Chappelle compared his departure to how people got divorced a few decades ago. "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."

"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."

And he’s not sorry he pulled the plug- "I made a series of decisions. 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."





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