DAVE CHAPPELLE ON OPRAH

I was lucky enough to check the Dave Chappelle’s “couch sharing” with Oprah. If you didnt,  Oprah.com has most of the interview and whatnot posted. Here is a snippet:

Some people said Dave had gone crazy or was on drugs. Some media reported Dave was locked in a mental institution.

In reality, Dave says, he went to South Africa to slow down. How could he have just left like that? “One, I needed a break,” he says. “Two, we have family and friends down there. I felt like it was a place where I could really reflect… And here’s the other thing: I was only gone for two weeks! They made it sound like it was so mysterious.”

Tension on the Chappelle’s Show set went from bad to worse during the third season  

One particular sketch still disturbs Dave today. The skit was about a pixie (played by Dave) who appeared in black face, which Dave describes as the “visual personification of the “N” word.” 

“There was a good-spirited intention behind it,” Dave says. “So then when I’m on the set, and we’re finally taping the sketch, somebody on the set [who] was white laughed in such a way—I know the difference of people laughing with me and people laughing at me—and it was the first time I had ever gotten a laugh that I was uncomfortable with. Not just uncomfortable, but like, should I fire this person?”

Oprah asks Dave the $50 million question…will he ever return to Chappelle’s Show?

Like a pendulum, Dave says his attitude has swung back and forth between “I’ll never go back” to “I can’t walk away from $50 million” over the last few months. Dave says he thinks he’s finally come to a decision.

“Here’s a scenario that I could come back to the show—I can’t believe I’m saying this—but this is what I want to do,” he says. “I do want to do my show again provided, one, I can make the proper work environment. But more importantly, I want to give. … I don’t want the money. I don’t want the drama. I just want to do my show. I want to have fun again.”

In reality, Dave says, he went to South Africa to slow down. How could he have just left like that? “One, I needed a break,” he says. “Two, we have family and friends down there. I felt like it was a place where I could really reflect… And here’s the other thing: I was only gone for two weeks! They made it sound like it was so mysterious.”

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