Dave Chappelle: Watching ‘Key & Peele’ ‘Hurts My Feelings’

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Dave Chappelle has certainly never been one to shy away from controversy, and in his latest interview to promote his new comedy special on Netflix, the comedian addressed his feud with Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, and his departure from Comedy Central head on.

During the Roots Picnic festival last year, Chappelle took a shot at comedy duo Key & Peele, implying that they had taken the idea for his show.

“Put some respect on my name, y’all don’t know what I’ve been through … watching Key & Peele do my show the last five f—ing years,” Chappelle said at the time.

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During his interview with “This Morning” co-host Gayle King on CBS, Chappelle sought to clarify his comments, insisting that he is a fan of the show, but suggesting that he should be credited for some of the show’s “conventions.”

“I fought the network very hard so that those conventions could come to fruition. So, like the first episode I do, that black white supremacist sketch. And it’s like, ‘Well, that’s 10 minutes long. It should be five minutes long.’ Why should it be five minutes long? Like, these types of conventions. I fought very hard,” Chappelle said. “So 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.”

Chappelle also commented on his departure from Comedy Central after signing a $50 million contract with the network back in 2004.

“I was talkin’ to a guy … he basically said to me that comedy is a reconciliation of paradox,” he said. “And I think that that was a irreconcilable moment for me. That I was in this very successful place, but the emotional content of it didn’t feel anything like what I imagined success should feel like. It just didn’t feel right.”

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  1. Vance says:

    Dave gave up the $50 mil to do his work someone else’s way. He ended up getting $60 mil doing it his way. I have to respect that.

  2. Mist says:

    Okay Dave, then you have to re-edit your show to say, “Created by Monty Python.” They fought the BBC really hard to make comedy in their format, and it really hurts their feelings that you were inspired to create more comedy based on their efforts.

  3. It’s spooky that on one of his albums he made a joke about not wanting to be super famous like Martin Lawrence or Richard Pryor because they ended up running down the street crazy or high after being paid so much money, then he drops out after almost getting 50 million. Clearly he should have kept making the money because he got strange anyway.

  4. eddie willers says:

    He doesn’t make a lick of sense.

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