The day is nearly upon us. On Tuesday, Netflix will unleash TWO never-before-seen specials from the one and only Dave Chappelle. Ahead of the very strong two-for-one premiere, Chappelle spoke with CBS This Morning's Gayle King on his decision to walk away from Chappelle's Show and the many pitfalls of fame.
Addressing his Chappelle's Show conclusion (and the millions of dollars he left on the table in the process), Chappelle likened the experience to a painful break-up. "But Chappelle's Show's like breakin' up with a girl and you still like her," he said. "But in your mind you're like, 'That bitch is crazy. I'm not goin' back.'"
When King said that decision was "so much bigger" than money, Chappelle agreed, referencing a nature documentary to drive home his point. "I watched one of these nature shows one time, and they were talking about how a Bushman finds water when it's scarce," he said. "And they do what's called a salt trap. I didn't know this, apparently baboons love salt. So they put a lump of salt in the hole and they wait for a baboon. The baboon comes, sticks his hand in the hole, grabs the salt, the salt makes his hand bigger and he's trapped, can't get his hand out."
That baboon, Chappelle recalled, is later placed in a cage and given "all the salt he wants" until thirst strikes. "The first place the baboon runs to is water, the Bushman follows him, and they both drink to their fill," Chappelle said. "In that analogy, I felt like the baboon, but I was smart enough to let go of the salt."
Chappelle also talked his "irrational fear" of raccoons, his problem with Key & Peele's "created by" credit, and much more. Peep additional highlights from his CBS This Morning chat here.