Dave Chappelle talks about rejecting $50 million Comedy Central deal

During his first appearance on the “Late Show with David Letterman” in a decade, Yellow Springs resident Dave Chappelle talked about how he feels now about walking away from his Comedy Central show and a reported $55 million deal.

“Of course I would like to have that money,” Chappelle said. “Sometimes I listen to a Jay Z record, and it starts making me feel bad about some of the choices I’ve made. This guy has had more fun on two songs than I’ve had over the last 11 years.”

Watch the video above to learn more from the interview.

Chappelle said friends have tried to make him feel better by insisting that at least he has his integrity, but he said there are few people who don’t think his decision to walk away from the Chappelle Show in 2005 was crazy.

“I go home and make my kids some integrity sandwiches,” he said.

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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