Why Dave Chappelle Walked Away From $50 Million

In 2005, Dave Chappelle was the biggest star in comedy. Chappelle’s Show reigned supreme, and it solidified Chappelle as a celebrity. Then, just like that, it was gone. Chappelle had inexplicably departed to South Africa, and production on the show ceased. It was the end of an era, and for some time, the public was at a loss as to what had occurred and why. Eventually, the truth came out: the comic had left the show after Comedy Central offered him a whopping $50 million to do a third and fourth season. It was an unimaginable decision for many, and Chappelle wasn’t talking. He maintained a low profile for many years, resisting calls for an explanation. Finally, in 2014, he revealed why he left. He explained that leaving the show came from a realization that success was nothing like he thought it would be. He went on to say that in the aftermath, he was able to finally find balance in his life by being able to “do what I like to do and avoid some of the parts of it that I was uncomfortable with.” The comic indicated that he did miss Chappelle’s Show, but that a reboot of the popular program is most definitely not in the cards.