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Old 08-03-2005, 04:10 PM  
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Chappelle show done?

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Fans who were hoping that Dave Chappelle would soon return to work are not going to want to hear this.

Charlie Murphy, a writer and actor on the funnyman's top-rated Chappelle's Show, dropped a bombshell to the New York Post Wednesday, saying that, to his knowledge, the hit Comedy Central series has officially run its course.

"I don't think Dave is going to do it anymore," Murphy told the Post. "We shot about eight shows for the third season, and they're hilarious. They'll be released on DVD, I'm sure. But that's it."

Murphy, the older brother of comic actor
Eddie Murphy, has emerged out of his sibling's shadow thanks to his dual roles as both a writer and performer on Chappelle's Show. Viewers know him best in one skit, Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories, in which he played himself relating real-life tales of hanging out with his more famous brother and whooping funk "Superfreak" Rick James' ass.

The segment caught fire thanks to Chappelle, who played James and turned "I'm Rick James, bitch!" into an instantly popular catchphrase, launching Chappelle's Show into the ratings stratosphere.

Season three of Chappelle's Show was supposed to premiere May 31, but production ground to a halt last April after Chappelle disappeared on an impromptu South African "spiritual retreat".

According to Murphy, all was "fun, very normal" during shooting. One new skit they did for the new season was one of the funniest bits they ever came up with.

"It was hilarious," Murphy recalled to the Post. "I was Frankenstein, Dave was the Wolfman, Donnell [Rawlings] was the Mummy. We were living together and experiencing problems, because we're monsters. But I thought it was because I was black that all these things were happening, not because I was Frankenstein."

All for naught apparently.

Chappelle's abrupt absence led wild press speculation as to why he went MIA.

Newsweek was the first to take a stab, reporting that friends blamed a combination of too much partying, overwhelming pressure to make good on his $50 million contract and creative sparring with Comedy Central executives led to the meltdown.

But Chappelle later said such suggestions were half-baked.

"I'm not crazy, I'm not smoking crack. I'm definitely stressed out," he told Time magazine in his only comments on the matter.

The comedian added that it was only now beginning to dawn on him just how much of a pop culture sensation Chappelle's Show had become, and the trip was necessary to clear his head and mull the show's creative future.

In late May, Chappelle eventually surfaced in his hometown of Yellow Springs, Ohio, before heading back to Los Angeles in early June and performing a series of surprise standup routines in area comedy clubs.

In another interview with TV Guide, however, Murphy indicated that Chappelle decided to pull the plug because he wanted to work on the new stand-up material for a big show he'd like to take out on the road later this year.

"I'm disappointed it ended the way it did, but I'm not angry with anybody," he said. "Chappelle's Show was like the Tupac of TV shows. It came out, it got everybody's attention, it was a bright shining star, but it burned out and for some strange reason, it burned out quick."

But as far as network president, Doug Herzog, has previously stated, the door is wide open for the entertainer's return.

"The ball's in Dave's court," Herzog told the Hollywood Reporter recently. "If you see him, tell him to phone home."

The loss of its top show has turned out not to have done much damage. Comedy Central ratings are actually up a bit this season, though Herzog acknowledged they'd be higher with Chappelle's irreverent humor aboard.

In any case, until they get an official confirmation from Chappelle as to what his plans are, fans will just have to be satisfied with the release of the first two seasons of Chappelle's Show on DVD, both of which have been selling like hotcakes and snagged the title for the fastest-selling DVD of a TV series ever.



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Old 08-03-2005, 04:14 PM   #2
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Somebody at another board I hang out at said he recently talked to Donnel Rawlings (aka Ashy Larry), and he said that everything was cool, and was going to be taken care of in a timely matter.

Personally, I'm already over it. I'd love for the show to come back on, but if it doesn't, it's no big deal.
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Old 08-03-2005, 04:17 PM   #3
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Yea, thats about how I feel. Show was damn funny though.
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Old 08-03-2005, 04:24 PM   #4
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I guess it's better than having it run too long and not be funny anymore.
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Old 08-03-2005, 04:44 PM   #5
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Chappelle opened the door for Carlos Mencia... Ball's in Mencia's court now.
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Old 08-03-2005, 04:46 PM   #6
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Chappelle opened the door for Carlos Mencia... Ball's in Mencia's court now.
Mencia's good... and I tivo it... but, he's not in the same league as Chappelle.
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Old 08-03-2005, 04:48 PM   #7
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Mencia's good... and I tivo it... but, he's not in the same league as Chappelle.


Definitely not... But still worth the watch, IMO.
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Old 08-03-2005, 05:58 PM   #8
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Mencia's good... and I tivo it... but, he's not in the same league as Chappelle.
I like his comment on gays...

"Comedy Central says I can't do gay jokes. The way I see it... if you can take a penis, you can take a joke."
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Old 08-03-2005, 10:24 PM   #9
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Chappelle's Show Is 'Done

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it just sucks ass to no end
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Old 08-03-2005, 10:33 PM   #10
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When posting "breaking news" at night of a pop culture nature... It's always good to use the search engine first... Not that it matters to me, but you'll find the discussion you're looking for...
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Old 08-03-2005, 10:34 PM   #11
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Damn that sucks, but I kinda figured this would happen after he ran off to South Africa. Although, maybe he is just pulling a Ricky Williams.
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Old 08-03-2005, 10:35 PM   #12
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I like his comment on gays...

"Comedy Central says I can't do gay jokes. The way I see it... if you can take a penis, you can take a joke."


I can't believe that Comedy Central would do that...
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Old 08-03-2005, 10:36 PM   #13
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Actually, I think he's pulling a Brian Head, but only in the Islam direction... Could be wrong, but I read somewhere that it might be a religiously oriented decision... strange as that might sound.
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Old 08-03-2005, 10:37 PM   #14
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Actually, I think he's pulling a Brian Head, but only in the Islam direction... Could be wrong, but I read somewhere that it might be a religiously oriented decision... strange as that might sound.
Strange indeed.
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Old 08-04-2005, 04:18 PM   #15
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Chapelle's Show is over.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Time to face the facts: Dave Chappelle's hit Comedy Central series isn't coming back, says one of its stars.

" 'Chappelle's Show' is over, man. Done," comic Charlie Murphy told TV Guide. "It took me a long time to be able to say those words, but I can say it pretty easy now, because it's the truth."

Chappelle's sudden "spiritual retreat" to South Africa on the eve of his show's third season has left the series in limbo since May. About half of a new season had been filmed before Chappelle left, Murphy said.

"I'm disappointed it ended the way it did, but I'm not angry with anybody," he said. " 'Chappelle's Show' was like the Tupac of TV shows. It came out, it got everybody's attention, it was a bright shining star, but it burned out and for some strange reason, it burned out quick."

Comedy Central has always said the door is open for Chappelle to return, spokeswoman Aileen Budow said Wednesday.

Network chief Doug Herzog met with Chappelle on June 3, but that has been their last communication, she said.

Murphy, the older brother of comic Eddie Murphy, said his two seasons with Chappelle made him a star.

"Now I can go out and do stand-up," he said. "I'm getting movie offers. It's off the hook. Me getting to the next level or whatever's going to happen is going to come from the next things I do, but 'Chappelle's Show' served its purpose and I'll always be grateful."

http://www.cnn.com/2005/SHOWBIZ/TV/0....ap/index.html
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