HBO Max is pulling the plug on comedian Dave Chapelle's show.
HBO Max followed in the footsteps of Netflix, which announced previously that it will no longer stream "Chappelle's Show" at Chappelle's request.
The streaming service made the announcement on Tuesday at Variety's Virtual FYCFest, according to TMZ.
"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," said Casey Bloys, chief content officer of HBO and HBO Max. "So, at the end of the year, December 31st, we're going to honor his request and take the show down."
Last month Chappelle revealed in a video shared to Instagram that he had not made any money from his show, which is being streamed on multiple platforms. "Chappelle's Show" originally aired on Viacom-owned Comedy Central from 2003 to 2006. After the show came to an end, Chappelle signed a contract with Viacom allowing it to stream without additional payment, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
"People think I made a lot of money from 'Chappelle's Show,'" the comedian said in his video. "When I left that show, I never got paid. They didn't have to pay me, because I signed the contract. 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?"
In the video, Chappelle also recalled being kicked out of HBO's office years back, when he pitched his show to them.
"They said, literally, 'What do we need you for? That's what they told me as they kicked me out of the office, What do we need you for?'" he said. "And here we are all these years later and they're streaming the very show I was pitching to them. So I'm asking them, what do you need me for?"
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