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Fans of Chappelle’s Show host Dave Chappelle rejoiced on Friday when Saturday Night Live announced the stand-up comedian would host its November 12th program with musical guest A Tribe Called Quest.” Yet their excitement quickly dwindled on Saturday after a report in the New York Observer, which is owned by Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, suggested the comedy icon’s surprise Friday night show at a New York club included praise for the Republican nominee and criticism of his opponent, Hillary Clinton.
Chappelle dedicated a significant portion of the 60-minute set at The Cutting Room to the infamous Access Hollywood tape in which Trump boasted about his fame and sexual prowess with Billy Bush. According to the Observer, the comic suggested Clinton was the one who organized the tape’s release:
“What I heard on that tape was gross,” Chappelle said. “But the way I got to hear it was even more gross. You know that came directly from Hillary.” He stated this had put him off a candidate he had already known was “not right.” He likened voting for her to a hypothetical situation of actress Halle Berry breaking wind in his face during sexual relations. “I’m still going to go for it,” he said. “But I wish she hadn’t done that thing.”
If that weren’t enough to “shock” the crowd, Chappelle proceeded to defend Trump against the general assessment that he was boasting about sexually assaulting women:
“Sexual assault? It wasn’t. He said, ‘And when you’re a star, they let you do it.’ That phrase implies consent. I just don’t like the way the media twisted that whole thing. Nobody questioned it.”