"Chappelle's Show" Moves On
Tonight (April 17) and tomorrow (April 18) the network will be wrapping up production of the third season. They will be taping the live studio audience segments of four episodes. In place of Chappelle, who used to introduce all the skits, the last episodes will be co-hosted by "Chappelle's Show" co-creator Neal Brennan, and cast members Charlie Murphy and Donnell Rawlings.
Chappelle mysteriously disappeared last year in the midst of taping his show, without informing his family or friends, and after taping two very successful and critically-acclaimed seasons.
Since returning to the states, the controversial comedian has revealed in a number of interviews that he traveled to Africa as an escape from the pressures and stress of the network with whom had just signed him to a $50 million contract.
Most recently in an interview with Esquire Magazine, Chappelle delved deeper into the reason behind his departure saying, "The bottom line was, white people own everything, and where can a black person go and be himself or say something that's familiar to him and not have to explain or apologize?"
He also mentioned that he would be willing to work with Comedy Central again if the situation was right.
Since leaving his show, Dave has seen success with his documentary film Dave Chappelle's Block Party which included musical performances from Kanye West, The Fugees, Common, The Roots, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Erykah Badu and Jill Scott, among others.