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Don't Watch That Show



"I'm coming to my real boss. I'm coming to you.

I'm begging you, if you ever liked me, if you ever think there was anything worthwhile about me, I'm begging you, please don't watch that show. I'm not asking you to boycott any network. Boycott me! Boycott Chappelle Show. DO NOT WATCH IT unless they pay me.

- Dave Chappelle


Why is comedian Dave Chappelle asking his fans NOT to watch his namesake comedy show, you ask?


He explains it all in a very powerful 18-minute clip appropriately called "Unforgiven", posted to his Instagram account on Tuesday afternoon.


You can watch the full clip here, but I'll warn you, the language Chappelle uses is very R-rated and absolutely puts this in the "not safe for work" category.


Towards the end of this segment, Chappelle speaks about how poorly HBO treated him when he pitched "Chappelle Show" to them years ago.


In fact, he says they told him, "Why do we need YOU?!?"


And yet, he goes on to explain that, years later, HBO Max is streaming his show -- the very show they rejected years earlier -- on their platform.


But... based on the language of the contract he signed 20-years ago, Chappelle doesn't get paid anything when his work is licensed to streaming platforms... and he's not happy about that. Which is why he's asking his fans to boycott his show.