Dave Chappelle Sounds Off on Capitol Rioters, COVID ‘Cowards’ in Video on ‘Chappelle’s Show’ Netflix Return

The last time Dave Chappelle dropped a new late-night set on Instagram, he was calling on fans to boycott his iconic sketch comedy series Chappelle’s Show on streaming because he wasn’t being properly compensated. Apparently, it worked.

In a new video titled “Redemption Song” posted early Friday morning, Chappelle announced from the stage at his current residency at Stubb’s in Austin, Texas, that his show is officially back on Netflix and this time he’s getting paid.

But before he got to that news, the comedian also addressed his recent COVID-19 diagnosis and shared his thoughts on the Trump-fueled rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol last month.

“When a hero stumbles, well the cowards rejoice,” he began. In this formulation, Chappelle was the “hero” and the “cowards” were those who criticized him for finally catching the virus after tempting fate with outdoor live shows over the course of the past year—including the one in which he delivered his searing “8:46” commentary on George Floyd’s murder last June.

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