Dave Chappelle landed a huge deal at Netflix — said to be worth up to $60 million — following his hit “SNL” hosting debut.
The stand-up comic has three specials planned for the streaming giant, it was announced on Monday.
Two hail from Chappelle’s personal archive, while a third will be produced for Netflix. The shows will be released simultaneously next year, and will be Chappelle’s first specials in 12 years. The deal is the talk of the media industry.
One insider said: “Dave was offered $20 million a special. Netflix basically has a war chest for this kind of content. Whether it’s a loss or not, Dave Chappelle’s specials will get a lot of press and bring in new subscribers.”
In 2005, he famously walked away from his successful “Chappelle’s Show” and out of the public eye. But he did later joke that the move left him with $10 million in the bank, rather than $50 million.
For Netflix, the deal comes not long after it landed two stand-up specials from Chris Rock as part of a $40 million deal.
A Netflix rep said, “We don’t comment on the financial terms of our deals.”