Dave Chappelle Breaks Silence On Missing Out On $50M After Sudden 'Chappelle's Show' Ending
The comedian sat down with David Letterman to clear a few things up.
So Dave Chappelle has finally addressed the ending of his hit Comedy Central show, Chappelle's Show, which came to an abrupt and unexplained ending in the mid-noughties. Well, we say that but the comedian dodged Letterman's questions regarding his sudden departure and even hinted that walking away from the project wasn't for good.
"I don't talk about it," Chappelle said on The Late Show with David Letterman. "Listen, here it is: Technically, I never quit. I'm seven years late for work."
What he did discuss was the money he reportedly lost out on: back in 2004, Chappelle was at the top of his game which translated into a $50 million contract. But by walking away from the show, Chappelle missed out on the mega paycheque.
The 40 year-old decided to explain his feelings towards the money with an interesting and probably well-trodden parable.
"There's not too many people that don't think I'm crazy. So I look at it like this: I'm at a restaurant with my wife. It's a nice restaurant. We're eating dinner. I look across the room and I say, 'You see this guy over here across the room? He has $100 million. And we're eating the same entrée," he said.
"So, OK, fine, I don't have $50 million or whatever it was, but say I have $10 million in the bank. The difference in lifestyle is minuscule. The only difference between having $10 million and $50 million is an astounding $40 million ... Of course I would like to have that money," the comedian added.
"I've felt a variety of ways in the last 10 years. You know, whenever there's something that I'd like to have that I could've afforded that I can't now afford, well then I'm upset about it," he continued, choosing rapper Jay Z to illustrate his feelings further.
Acknowledging that with more money, he "might be a happier person," Dave explained."Sometimes I listen to a Jay Z record and [it] starts making me feel bad about some of the choices I've made."
Dave Chappelle Has Finally Started Talking About The Ending Of 'Chappelle's Show.'