Netflix appears to be continuing to support Dave Chappelle! The comedian and the streaming giant recently announced a broader relationship.
This comes after Netflix faced internal and external flak for broadcasting Dave’s ‘The Closer’ more than four months ago.
It’s Back to Work
According to NBC News, Dave will host and produce four new comedy specials as part of his Netflix series “Chappelle’s Home Team.”
And he got to choose a few familiar faces to entertain the crowd this time. According to reports, the first special focusing on the comic Earthquake will premiere on February 28. In the second special, one of Dave’s longstanding comedy colleagues, Donnell Rawlings, will host.
Dave said in a statement, “I’ve been doing this for a long time and comedians like Quake and Donnell are not just friends but have inspired my own career.” “Anyone in the comedy community knows who these people are, and they’ve been waiting a long time for their day to shine. I’m honored to be a part of this historic occasion.”
Dave Remains on Netflix
As you may recall, in the fourth quarter of 2021, Dave and Netflix were at the heart of a media controversy. Due to transphobic remarks, there were internal and external calls for Dave’s special ‘The Closer’ to be pulled from the site.
Queer Netflix employees staged a walkout at one point. Nonetheless, in two workplace memos, Ted Sarados, the company’s CEO, stood alongside Dave and his comedy.
“We understand that our choice to offer Dave Chappelle’s current spectacular on Netflix has angered, upset, and wounded a number of you…
In the second message, CEO Ted stated, “Adults may witness violence, assault, and abuse – or appreciate frightening stand-up comedy – without it driving them to harm others.”
Dave referred to himself on the show as a TERF, which stands for “trans-exclusionary radical feminist.” He also agreed with J.K. Rowling’s remarks regarding trans women posing a threat to people who were born feminine.
Despite claiming to have no concerns with the trans community, he went on to criticize trans women’s genitals, calling them “beyond pu**y or impossible pu**y.” Dave replied to the mounting debate in late October.
“I am more than prepared to give the transgender community an audience, but you will not summon me,” Dave stated. “I’m not going to give in to anyone’s demands.”
“Thank God for Ted Sarandos and Netflix, he’s the only one that hasn’t cancelled me yet,” he said, thanking Ted and the corporation for sticking by him.