Netflix Embracing Dave Chappelle, Announces New Comedy Specials – TMZ
Netflix is turning the page from Dave Chappelle‘s ‘Closer’ controversy by staying in business … with Dave Chappelle, and rolling out new comedy specials with his fingerprint all over ’em.
Dave and the streaming platform announced a new standup comedy series Friday called, “Chappelle’s Home Team” … which will focus on comics handpicked by DC himself. The first of 4 episodes are set to drop February 28, featuring Earthquake.
Remember, Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos refused to remove “The Closer” last year when LGBTQ groups, and others, accused Chappelle of transphobia and staged several protests at Netflix HQ.
Sarandos said the company fully supported all comedians’ right to express themselves … and stood by Dave. The new specials are proof positive of that continued partnership, which has been extremely profitable for both parties.
He’s released 10 standup specials on Netflix since 2016 and, by some reports, has made north of $200 mil.
While Dave won’t be doing standup in the new specials, he is executive producing them and will do the introductions. After Earthquake, who’s opened for Dave on the road, the 2nd episode features Donnell Rawlings, another one of DC’s close friends.