In late 2016, Dave Chappelle emerged at The Roots Picnic in New York City, and fired shots at Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key, the dynamic duo behind Comedy Central’s hit sketch show Key and Peele. “Put some respect on my name,” he told the crowd. “Y'all don’t know what I’ve been through, watching Key & Peele do my show the last five fucking years.“
He had a point. It’s hard to imagine Key and Peele — a critically acclaimed cult show that’s very popular on the internet and features two black men dealing with race in a very specific way — existing without Chappelle’s landmark Chappelle Show.
So when Chappelle appeared on CBS This Morning on Monday, ahead of his two new stand-up specials currently streaming on Netflix, host Gayle King decided to find out if there was still any bad blood between the comedian and his Comedy Central counterparts.
Not one to mince words, Chappelle admitted that while he’s a fan of their show he feels he doesn’t get the credit he deserves for pioneering the format that Key and Peele have capitalized on.
“I fought the network very hard so that those conventions could come to fruition,” Chappelle told King. “So, like the first episode I do, that black white supremacist sketch. And it’s like, ‘Well, that’s 10 minutes long. It should be five minutes long.’ Why should it be five minutes long? Like, these types of conventions. I fought very hard. … So when I watch Key & Peele *and I see they’re doing a format that I created, and at the end of the show, it says, ‘Created by *Key & Peele,’ that hurts my feelings.”
Something tells us the $60 million Chappelle got for his two Netflix specials might help ease his pain. Watch the interview below.