Earlier today, The Daily published a rumor that Dave Chappelle was planning a show that would air on a subscription service, the comedian’s first attempt at televised programming since he went crazy and fled Comedy Central in 2005.
“Dave Chappelle’s going back to TV,” tattled our insider. “It’s not for a network. It’s for Netflix or Crackle or some other subscription service.”
Then someone with better sources double-checked the story.
“Absolutely untrue,” says Chappelle’s rep Carla Simms, who spoke to the comedian about the report this morning.
While there’s interest in getting Chappelle back on TV, his reps say the comedian has not agreed to a course of action in that direction. “He’s enjoying his life, he has a new daughter and is just doing what he’s really passionate about — stand-up,” says one source. Sources close to the comic add that if he were to make a return to TV, he would likely aim for a bigger platform than a niche subscription service. [EW]
Not that I ever believe a word out of a PR rep’s mouth, but I’m even less likely to believe that Chappelle is going to do original content for a subscription service that has yet to air an original show. Until then, I’m perfectly happy to re-watch both seasons of “Chappelle’s Show” on DVD. What’s that? Season 3? I’m sorry, but there was no third season. I SAID IT DIDN’T HAPPEN.