After a seemingly spontaneous departure from Chappelle’s Show and a $50 million deal, Dave Chappelle is coming back to the small screen. According to a report by Deadline.com’s Erik Pedersen, Chappelle will host Saturday Night Live on Nov. 12.
Per the report, A Tribe Called Quest will be the musical guest. The group will be releasing its first album since 1998 on Nov. 11.
As an entertainer, Chappelle starred in movies, his own TV show and on the stand-up stage. Chappelle’s first movie role was in Robin Hood: Men in Tights in 1993. In 1998, he starred and co-wrote Half-Baked. The 43-year-old also had a minor role in the 1997 film, Con Air, starring Nicolas Cage.
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Though, Chappelle is perhaps most famous for his sketch-comedy TV show on Comedy Central. Black white supremacists and infamous Rick James and Prince imitations are just a few of Chappelle’s most famous sketches. The show lasted three seasons, spanning 28 episodes.
During production for the fourth season, though, Chappelle left for Africa for two weeks before returning to the United States, citing his family’s well-being.
“I never stopped being onstage,” Chappelle said in an interview with People magazine. “That kind of attention wouldn’t have been conducive to raising a family.”
After Chappelle left, the show continued with what were called the “lost episodes.” The show was hosted by Charlie Murphy and Donnell Rawlings, two of the show’s regular cast members. And though Chappelle wasn’t completely behind the idea of showing the lost episodes, Rawlings said he saw it as an opportunity.
“I’m a loyal person,” Rawlings said in an interview on G4TV in 2006. “But I know that as a professional, I’ve got to keep my career going, and I felt it was an opportunity for me, for people see what I do as funny…without knowing what Dave Chappelle’s agenda is, the reasons why he left, with no communication, saying, ‘Hey, guys. I feel this way. I would much rather you not be a part of this process.’
“Had I had a conversation with Dave like that, then there’s a possibility that I would reconsider me hosting it.”
Anyway… He’s back, and that’s all that matters. Was it mentioned that this will be the first SNL after the election?