Dave Chapelle RETURNS to Netflix after being 'cancelled' for The Closer


Dave Chapelle RETURNS to Netflix despite being ‘cancelled’ after furious backlash over transgender comments in his special The Closer


Dave Chapelle is set to return to Netflix despite facing a huge backlash for his comments on transgender people in his special, The Closer, for the streaming giant.

Netlfix announced Monday that Chapelle will be headlining their Netflix Is a Joke festival at the Hollywood Bowl next year that will be partially filmed for an upcoming series. 

It comes just a few months after Chappelle faced calls to be canceled over jokes made in his stand-up special which was almost entirely centered around members of the LGBTQ+ community. 

The comedian courted controversy with his jokes in which he asserts ‘gender is a fact,’ and criticizes what he says is the thin skin of the trans community.

He's back! Dave Chapelle RETURNS to Netflix despite being 'cancelled' after furious backlash over transgender comments in his special The Closer (Pictured, 2019)

He’s back! Dave Chapelle RETURNS to Netflix despite being ‘cancelled’ after furious backlash over transgender comments in his special The Closer (Pictured, 2019) 

His jokes were based upon earlier observations made by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling’s who in 2019 stated that transgender women were not actually women and were a threat to her identity.

The backlash grew so heated that transgender employees at Netflix staged a walkout to protest the streaming service for airing the special, and CEO Ted Sarandos apologized for his communications to staff about the special.

The 11-day comedy festival features over 130 artists performing at 25 venues across Los Angeles from April 28 through May 8, including the likes of  Amy Schumer, Tina Fey, Wanda Sykes, Jerry Seinfeld, David Letterman, Chris Rock and Ali Wong. 

Not cutting ties: Netlfix announced Monday that Chapelle will be headlining their Netflix Is a Joke festival at the Hollywood Bowl next year

Not cutting ties: Netlfix announced Monday that Chapelle will be headlining their Netflix Is a Joke festival at the Hollywood Bowl next year

Responding to backlash over The Closer at the time, Chappelle posted a one-minute video posted to Instagram, saying: ‘To the transgender community, I am more than willing to give you an audience, but you will not summon me. I am not bending to anyone’s demands, and if you want to meet with me, I am more than willing to, but I have some conditions…’

‘First of all, you cannot come if you have not watched my special from beginning to end. You must come to a place of my choosing at a time of my choosing, and thirdly, you must admit that Hannah Gadsby is not funny.

‘Am I cancelled or not? Then let’s go!’ Chappelle yelled at the end of the video

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