Dave Chappelle On Why He Walked Away

Why do I have a feeling we’re going to be hearing about this for years!? Dave waxes on to Esquire magazine, as to why he decided to walk away from what was going to ensure his superstardom.

- Culturally: “The bottom line was, white people own everything, and where can a black person go and be himself or say something that’s familiar to him and not have to explain or apologize?”
Professionally: “I felt like I was really pressured to settle for something that I didn’t necessarily feel like I wanted.”
Personally: “The thing about show business is that, in a way, it forces dysfunctional relationships in people.”

These “explanations” are really on the vague side. Was he naive enough to think that he would have complete control over his show? If he really wasn’t happy with things, then why sign the deal? It sounds like to me that the man just couldn’t handle the pressure; it was all becoming way too overwhelming for him to deal with. Just own up to it dude.

Dave Chappelle Talks About His TV Exit [AP]