Dave Chappelle Gets Serious, Says The ‘Key & Peele’ Show ‘Hurt His Feelings’
The comedy legend thinks he deserves more credit.
Dave Chappelle doesn’t think he’s getting enough credit for his contributions to the format of the smash-hit Comedy Central sketch show Key & Peele.
In an interview with Gayle King for CBS This Morning, Chappelle was asked about his opinion of Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele’s no-longer-in-production program, and the legendary comedian gave a mixed response. Watch it below.
“I’m a fan of their show,” he noted, before adding, “When I did Chappelle’s Show, there were certain conventions of the show that the network resisted. I fought the network very hard so that those conventions could come to fruition.”
One of those conventions concerns the length of individual sketches. The 10-minute-long “Black White Supremacist” bit, for instance, was one that Chappelle says he fought hard against network executives to keep at a longer run-time.
“[Network executives said] ‘Well, that’s 10 minutes long. It should be five minutes long.’ Why should it be five minutes long?” he said. “These types of conventions … I fought very hard. When I watch Key & Peele, and I see they’re doing a format that I created, and at the end of the show it says ‘Created by Key & Peele’ — that hurts my feelings.”
While he may not be getting the acknowledgement he thinks he deserves for his pioneering work, don’t feel too bad for Dave—the three-special deal he’s signed with Netflix is reportedly earning him $60 million. That’s $10 million more than the infamous figure he walked away from when he left Chappelle’s Show.
Maybe all that dough can soothe his upset soul.