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Dave Chappelle Explains How Comedy Central Hurt His Feelings With 'Key & Peele'

21 March 2017

They say imitiation is the sincerest form of flattery, but Dave Chappelle isn't feeling it. But with a three-part Netflix special, he broke his reticence to talk about Prince. Chappelle recently spoke to CBS This Morning's Gayle King about the "long, long, long detour" between Chappelle's Show and his return to stand-up comedy.

Chappelle had it all when he chucked it and fled to South Africa in 2005. "[It's] like breakin" up with a girl and you still like her. "With a guy like him, man, you gotta understand, he was iconic in my mind". "I'm not goin' back, '" he added. But it is - fame is a horrifying concept when it's aimed at you, you know? At the end of the day, ultimately I feel good about what I did. The idea of being courageous is that, even though you're scared, you just do the right thing anyway.

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"I've been all over the country, touring all my life. And I think about that when I engage people, how these moments are just moments, but they mean so much". "But I never saw anything", Dave said.

He also addressed his apparent feud with Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, which began at the Roots Picnic in October when he said: "Put some respect on my name, y'all don't know what I've been through...watching Key & Peele do my show the last five fucking years".

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When King said that decision was "so much bigger" than money, Chappelle agreed, referencing a nature documentary to drive home his point.

"He was real kind to me", Chappelle said.

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Despite being a fan of their show, Chappelle says that he noticed certain "conventions" ― regarding the race-related skits ― that the network previously resisted during his years of creating "Chappelle's Show". And it's like, "Well, that's 10 minutes long. It should be five minutes long.' Why should it be five minutes long?" he asked. I was like, "You want one?' And then he mentioned it on one of these morning shows", Chappelle recalled. "These types of conventions.I fought very hard". That I was in this very successful place, but the emotional content of it didn't feel anything like what I imagined success should feel like.

Dave Chappelle Explains How Comedy Central Hurt His Feelings With 'Key & Peele'