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Chappelle's Show removed from HBOMAX per his request
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What are your thoughts on HBO and Netflix removing Chapelle's Show from their streaming services? Here's his reasoning...

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“They (ViacomCBS) didn’t have to pay me because I signed the contract,” Chappelle said in the video. “But is that right? I found out that these people were streaming my work and they never had to ask me or they never have to tell me. Perfectly legal ‘cause I signed the contract. But is that right? I didn’t think so either.”


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“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‘s executive editor of TV, Daniel Holloway. “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.”


So he signed a contract that turned out to be not so great, in hindsight. Chapelle wasn't a household name before Chapelle's show...so what is the complaint here? Is he just taking advantage of the current social climate to get his way?


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Did he sign away streaming rights when he signed the contract? I feel like the contract would have preceded streaming rights.

I mean, he's getting his way because he's a huge name, but does he actually have a legitimate gripe?


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Did he sign away streaming rights when he signed the contract? I feel like the contract would have preceded streaming rights.


Yes this would have to be before streaming was around. I imagine Viacom owns the rights to distribute the show how it wishes per his contract.


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re: Chappelle's Show removed from HBOMAX per his request
It's happened before. Companies have been shamed into going above and beyond the initial contract to keep from looking like a villain in the artist's life story.

But yeah, most just say, "Sorry, a deal is a deal."


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LittleJerrySeinfield
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He's so oppressed.


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He should be happy as its what got him where he is


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What are your thoughts on HBO and Netflix removing Chapelle's Show from their streaming services?


I've always liked Dave, but he's being a bitch in this case. He signed a contract with Viacom, a company that was going to pay him EVEN MORE money but he walked out on his show so that was money he lost.

Basically, he's making it impossible for the company that actually owns the rights to his show to profit off of it at all because he's mad he didn't make even more money.

CBS ought to stream it themselves on their own platform and stop trying to license it to companies that need Dave for their services.


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ProjectP2294
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Yes this would have to be before streaming was around. I imagine Viacom owns the rights to distribute the show how it wishes per his contract.


I can see both sides to it. On one hand, he did sign away the distribution rights. On the other hand, it's a weird thing to sign away rights to something that doesn't even exists that the time you put pen to paper.

So I can see why companies will bend sometimes, and I can see why they wouldn't.


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s he just taking advantage of the current social climate to get his way?


If he is, good on him. It's not like Viacom will ever be the good guy in a story.


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He would be an idiot not to ask. He asked, they agreed. Must be nice to swing a big enough stick in the industry to have those companies agree to your request.

They both could have told him tough shit, but they didn’t. I don’t see any issue with this.


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Bet he has an hbo special before the end of the year


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Is he just taking advantage of the current social climate to get his way?


Yep.


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re: Chappelle's Show removed from HBOMAX per his request
This was a similar approach as to how people were persuaded to return art work the Nazi’s stole from Jews after statutes of limitations had been exceeded.... not on legal grounds... that was conceded, but requested they be returned on moral grounds.

Before anyone goes there, I’m not comparing the Holocaust to Viacom underpaying Chapelle, I’m just saying the approach to resolution was similar.


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I know everybody loves him but the guy has been doing his damnedest to show everyone he's a whiny little shite for about 17 years now and people just won't accept it


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re: Chappelle's Show removed from HBOMAX per his request
I disagree with Chappelle's stance on this issue and don't care if Viacom/CBS decides to give him a new contract. He burned his own bridges with Viacom/CBS.


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re: Chappelle's Show removed from HBOMAX per his request
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He would be an idiot not to ask. He asked, they agreed. Must be nice to swing a big enough stick in the industry to have those companies agree to your request.

They both could have told him tough shit, but they didn’t. I don’t see any issue with this.


I doubt AT&T will still be paying Viacom for the show. I'm sure AT&T says fine, we will take the show down on 12/31 since they likely paid for the 2020 year. No big headache for AT&T and can still go back to him to do a show for HBO Max.


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re: Chappelle's Show removed from HBOMAX per his request
So what was the point of making this show


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re: Chappelle's Show removed from HBOMAX per his request
From all of his actions, hard not to conclude he is embarrassed by this show. Didn’t want to make news ones back then and doesn’t want anyone to watch the ones that were made now.


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re: Chappelle's Show removed from HBOMAX per his request
Yeah, he's made it perfectly clear that he thought people started to laugh at his skits for all the wrong reasons.

Whether that's just in his head or not, it's all subjective. But he started to basically take offense to his audience and therefore probably wants to bury that show.

Basically if you find some of his skits on Chappelle's Show funny, he probably thinks you're a racist.

I don't know why he suddenly got all weird about his comedy and the reaction by white audiences but somebody started whispering in his ear to quit the show and really never talk about it again.


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re: Chappelle's Show removed from HBOMAX per his request
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I can see both sides to it.


It’s pretty hard not to see both sides on this one.

This isn’t the case of them taking advantage of something he knew or should have known. Viacom is in a position of strength as a result of a completely unforeseen coincidence, not thoughtful negotiation.

On the other hand, Dave signed a contract. I’d have more sympathy for him if he made a legal argument rather than resorting to playing the victim card.


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