From article: Comedy Central Has New Chappelle Episodes
As the show’s opening and jokes with sidekicks Charlie Murphy and Donnell Rawlings illustrate, ‘Chappelle’s Show’ isn’t afraid to talk about what happened with Chappelle. It would have been dishonest otherwise, Brennan said.
Even Chappelle has joked about it _ just not on Comedy Central.
He told Conan O’Brien that his wife has given him guff for walking out on his big score. His spokeswoman did not return calls from The Associated Press.
It’s never been fully explained why he left. Chappelle has denied rumors of substance abuse or psychiatric problems. He’s complained of arguments about the show with Comedy Central. (Herzog said the network had ‘almost no access’ to Chappelle during work on the third season.) Chappelle also said he had doubts about how racial elements of his show were being taken.
During an appearance on ‘Oprah’ in February, Chappelle said that he might be amenable to returning to his show providing some arrangement could be made about providing money to charities.
Since then, he hasn’t returned any of Comedy Central’s phone calls, Herzog said.
Comedy Central is in the midst of its second marketing campaign to promote Chappelle’s third season. After all the frustration, Herzog still says he wouldn’t close the door on working with Chappelle again, calling him ‘arguably one of the great comedic voices of his generation, a comedic genius (and) a lovely guy, truthfully.
‘If I’m in the comedy business, if Dave Chappelle calls, I’m going to listen,’ Herzog said. ‘He’s got to call, though.’ [View Full Article]