Last month, Netflix removed Dave Chappelle’s Comedy Central series Chappelle’s Show from its platform at the request of the comedian. Chappelle requested the removal after claiming that he did not approve of the licensing deal between ViacomCBS (owner of Chappelle’s Show) and the streaming giant. Now, HBO has followed suit, according to Variety.
Earlier today (December 15), Variety spoke with Casey Bloys, the chief content officer of HBO and HBO Max during Variety’s Virtual FYCFest. During the interview Bloys stated that Chapelle’s Show will no longer be available via HBO after December 31, 2020. “We had a conversation with Dave. I won’t get into it, but it’s very clear that it’s a very unique and specific and emotional issue he’s got,” Bloys told Variety. “So at the end of the year, at the end of this year, December 31st, we’re going to honor his request and take the show down.”
Netflix announced the removal of Chappelle’s Show from their platform in late November. The decision followed a lengthy video that Dave Chappelle posted to his Instagram account. The clip is titled “Unforgiven, ” and it features footage from a recent stand-up performance. During the video, Chappelle stated that he “never got paid” after leaving Chappelle’s Show, and that he was “furious” when he learned it would be available on Netflix.