WATCH: Dave Chapelle Explains Why He Walked Away From Fame

Why did  Dave Chappelle walk away from the spotlight?  We finally get an answer from the actor/comedian who walked away from the fame and left us all in shock.

Now he's sat down with Gayle King for an in depth interview about walking away from his show, fame, fear and courage.

Here are some highlights from the interview:

 Chappelle on his decision to leave his show:

“I was talkin’ to a guy… he basically said to me that comedy is a reconciliation of paradox,”. “And I think that that was a irreconcilable moment for me. That I was in this very successful place, but the emotional content of it didn’t feel anything like what I imagined success should feel like. It just didn’t feel right.”

On if fame scares him:

“Fame, yeah, but not so much that I get on a plane to Africa. Fame is not that kind of scary. But it is – fame is a horrifying concept when it’s aimed at you, you know? At the end of the day, it’s so – you don’t have that much control over it. You just try to conduct yourself as best you can."

On whether he would have done things differently

"It's very hard to say what you would have done. You only really know what you did. At the end of the day, ultimately I feel good about what I did. It was not easy, and I do not recommend it. But it worked for me. I took the Dave Chappelle detour. It was a scenic route. I'm glad I took the route, but it was a long, long, long detour."

On fear and courage: 

"It's OK to be afraid, because you can't be brave or courageous without fear. The idea of being courageous is that even though you're scared you just do the right thing anyway. So in 2004, I walked away from $50 million, and in November, I made a deal for $60 million."

Photo: Getty

Here's a preview of his interview with Gayle King:

 
 
 
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