Dave Chappelle Clears The Air On Why ‘Key And Peele’ Hurt His Feelings

by 12 months ago


Back in October while performing at the Roots Picnic Festival, Dave Chappelle threw shade at Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele–creators of the wildly successful sketch comedy show Key & Peele–for, in Chappelle’s opinion, drawing heavily on the show he created a decade back.

He told the New York City crowd, “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 fucking years.”

This thinly-veiled jab by Chappelle was perceived by many as sour grapes, a paranoid cheap shot by a comedy ledgend at a couple of up-and-coming dudes succeeding in the sketch comedy realm.

Chappelle recently addressed his salt toward Key & Peele to CBS This Morning‘s Gayle King, claiming that he’s a fan of the now discontinued show and his gripe was over the show’s  “conventions.”

“when I did Chappelle’s Show, there were certain conventions of the show that the network resisted. And I fought the network very hard so that those conventions could come to fruition… So when I watch Key and Peele and I see they’re doing the format that I created and at the end of the show it says ‘created by Key and Peele,’ that hurts my feelings.”

The Key & Peele bit is at the 7:35 mark of the below interview, but if you’ve got time, check out the entire thing. Chappelle speaks on his reasons for turning down $50 million to keep making the Chappelle Show to jet to South Africa. A decade later, he’s set to make $60 million for three stand-up specials for Neflix,so all’s well that ends well.

[h/t Uproxx]

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