Chappelle said he spent two weeks in South Africa after making the decision and was not aware of all the coverage of what many considered his mysterious disappearance.
He resurfaced in Yellow Springs.
Chappelle wasn’t exactly licking his wounds on Letterman.
“There are other things in my life that I do not purchase with money that are very valuable,” the father of three said.
The comic joked earlier in the interview that he techically never quit his insanely popular show.
“I’m seven years late for work.”
He likened leaving the show to divorce in the 1950s.
“People didn’t go to ‘Divorce Court.’ They’d look at their wife like, ‘baby I am going to go get a pack of cigarettes I will be right back,” Chappelle said. “They just leave with the clothes on their back and make a go of it.”
Letterman’s show airs at 11:30 p.m. on WHIO-TV 7.
Chappelle was on the show to promote his performances at Radio Music Hall in New York from June 18 through June 26.
The comedian’s show has been a hot ticket.
Chappelle and Live Nation added three shows after the first five sold out within minutes.
There will be various musical acts at the performances, which are Chappelle’s first announced New York engagements in a decade.
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