Dave Chappelle Says He Didn’t Quit, He’s Just 7 Years Late To Work (Video)

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With new shows in New York City on the horizon, including several joined by The Roots, DJ Premier, and Erykah Badu, comedian/actor Dave Chappelle appears to climbing back to the spotlight after nearly a decade of public hiatus. The Ohio native appeared on “Late Show With David Letterman” last night (June 10). Letterman pressed the Half Baked star about his disappearance. Always jovial, Chappelle joked that he wasn’t hiding, because in America, there is actually no place to hide. Then Dave made a Wesley Snipes joke to the (other) Dave.

Pressed further about a reported $50 million lost from a Comedy Central deal surrounding “The Chappelle Show,” Dave alluded to his friends, who praise his decision to leave the platform behind for personal reasons, long said to involve race, society, and the mainstream-favoring laughs that were arguably never intended for them. “[My friends will] be like, ‘Well, you know what Dave, at the end of the day, you still have your integrity,'” admitted the reclusive star. “And that’s great, I’ll go home and make the kids some integrity sandwiches. It makes no sense at all.”

Chappelle, when asked about regretting the money, says that one of the only things that makes him feel bad is Jay Z. Presumably alluding to Magna Carta…Holy Grail, Chap’ says, “This guy is having more fun on two songs than I’ve had in the last 10 years.” No matter the money, Heads are happy to have Dave Chappelle around, as trying times need comedians.

With so many softball questions on late night television, do you find it odd that David Letterman decided to be particularly assertive on Dave Chappelle?

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