The online paper The Daily reported earlier Thursday that he planned a new show aimed for a paid subscription service like Netflix, Crackle or Hulu. But Entertainment Weekly also quotes sources close to the comedian as saying he would likely go on a bigger platform than a niche subscription service if he did return to television.
Chappelle had a hit TV show on Comedy Central, but walked away from a $50 million contract after Season 3. "I felt like some kind of prostitute or something. If I feel so bad, why keep on showing up to this place?" he told Oprah Winfrey at the time. "The hardest thing to do is to be true to yourself, especially when everybody is watching."
The move to a streaming service would allow Chappelle the creative control he lacked on television. All three services have been paying top dollar for talent recently. Netflix signed David Fincher (The Social Network) for $100 million to direct House of Cards, starring Kevin Spacey. Hulu released The Confession starring Kiefer Sutherland.
Would you watch a new Chappelle program?