On Tuesday, comedian Dave Chappelle made his first late-night television appearance in six years on “The Late Show With David Letterman”. Chappelle has managed to stay out of the limelight for some time, ever since his sudden departure from the Comedy Central series, Chappelle’s Show, nearly 10 years ago. The reason behind Chappelle leaving the show and going to Africa, has remained a mystery. Rumors such as Chappelle suffered from a possible mental breakdown or substance-abuse issue, circulated the media for years. However, he denied them. Letterman asked Chappell to explain his decision to leave the show. He replied (with great comedic timing of course) “Well, technically I never quit. I’m seven years late for work. There’s not too many good hiding places left in America. [Being at the center of a media storm] was like living on the corner of perception and reality.”
Letterman also asked Chappelle if he had any regrets about walking away from the $50 million deal with Comedy Central. Chappelle stated that the amount of money was never a factor in his life and gving up the money was the least of his worries. “It’s very hard to go through something like this because no one’s really done it before, so there’s not too many people that don’t think I’m crazy. Money is the fuel for choices. That’s not nothing, it’s something but it’s not the end-all be-all” Chappelle said. He explained that the difference between the lifestyle he can afford with $10 million and that of someone with $50 million, is minuscule. “The only difference between having $10 million and $50 million is an astounding $40 million. Of course I would have liked to have that money and let’s say you had the $40 million, who’s to say you’d be a happier or better person?”
Whatever the reason may be for his sudden departure from TV back then, is null and void today. Chappelle is back and has nearly 8 sold-out stand-up shows at Radio City Music Hall next week for The Chappelle Comeback Tour!
See the full interview between Chappelle and Letterman here: