Chappelle Re-Signs with Comedy Central
LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) For once, keepin' it real didn't go wrong:
Comedy Central has managed to hang on to Dave Chappelle, signing the
comic for two more seasons of "Chappelle's Show."
Despite rumblings that the success of the series may have priced
Chappelle out of the cable network's range, Comedy Central worked out
a deal with him to produce 26 more episodes of "Chappelle's Show." The
new contract also includes a development deal for Chappelle.
"Re-signing Dave Chappelle was a top priority and I am just so pleased
that we were able to reach an agreement," says Lauren Corrao, Comedy
Central's head of original programming and development. "Comedy
Central is the rightful home for 'Chappelle's Show' and Dave's unique
and provocative brand of humor."
"Chappelle's Show" has been both a ratings and critical success for
the network. It draws more than 3 million viewers per week, and
typically is among the top-rated cable shows in adults 18-49 and the
hard-to-reach young male demographic. The show also picked up three
Emmy nominations last month, including one for outstanding variety,
music or comedy series.
"The success of the show has been phenomenal and overwhelming. I'm
looking forward to coming back to Comedy Central," Chappelle says in a
statement. Echoing a line he yells over the show's closing credits [sic*], he
adds, "And now I'm actually rich, bitch."
New episodes of "Chappelle's Show" are scheduled to premiere early
*Ashy Larry yells the line, and it's "I'm rich biotch!"