KEY POINTS

  • Dave Chappelle reveals he never got paid for "Chappelle's Show" despite it streaming on multiple platforms
  • He encouraged his supporters not to watch his comedy sketch series
  • Netflix sided with Chappelle and removed the show from its platform after he reached out to them

Dave Chappelle recently made an unlikely request to fans to boycott his shows, and they appear to be supportive of him.

Normally, celebrities would ask their supporters to watch their shows, but that wasn't the case for Chappelle. Instead, the 47-year-old comedian has told fans not to watch his comedy sketch series "Chappelle's Show" on streaming platforms until he is compensated for it.

"I’m coming to you. I’m begging you — if you ever liked me, if you ever think there was anything worthwhile about me, I’m begging you, please don’t watch that show," he said in a video he posted Tuesday to his Instagram titled "Unforgiven." "I’m not asking you to boycott any network — boycott me. Boycott ‘Chappelle’s Show.’ Do not watch it unless they pay me."

After learning that he didn't receive the credit and pay he deserved, Twitter users sent him supportive messages, stating that they won't be watching it. Netflix had earlier backed Chappelle by removing the show from its platform.

"Dave Chapelle is the George Carlin of our time, he deserves every penny of his work, and I gotta say, I really respect Netflix for their move on taking the show off the network for him. They didn’t have to, but that’s some good integrity," one person tweeted.

"In short, Dave Chappelle unfortunately does not get paid for Chapelle’s Show since it is 'owned' by Viacom. He requested that Netflix remove it from their platform and they willfully obliged," another posted.

"I feel like approximately ZERO people will be watching 'Chappelle’s Show.' I don’t think anybody except Dave has the power to stage a boycott like #boycottchappelleshow. Not Taylor Swift with her music. Not anybody. True gangster s--t," a third fan wrote.

"If you’re a fan of Dave Chapelle never watch the Chapelle show again. I never realized how bad the network screwed him over," another tweeted.

"I was disappointed that Chappelle's Show was removed from Netflix until I heard he got zero $$$ for it to stream on there. That's not right," Laura Barnum wrote.

In the 18-minute video he uploaded on Instagram, Chappelle spoke out against "Chappelle’s Show" owner ViacomCBS for licensing the series, which streamed on Netflix, Comedy Central, CBS All Access and HBO Max, without paying him. 

He revealed that he spoke to Netflix about his concerns, and the company sided with him and pulled his show. Chapelle explained in detail how signing a contract took away his rights to his own show, which he didn’t think was right even if it was legal.

"People think I made a lot of money from 'Chappelle's Show,'" he said. "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 because I signed the contract. But is that right? I didn't think so, either."

Dave Chappelle Comedian Dave Chappelle performs at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, June 19, 2014. Photo: Getty Images