HBO Max announced in October that all seasons of the Chappelle’s Show will be available on its streaming platform starting in November. Netflix also announced plans to release episodes of comedian Dave Chappelle’s iconic Comedy Central series and, like HBO Max, kept its promise by adding a wealth of Chappelle’s show content to its extensive streaming library on the first of the month.
However, there is at least one famous episode of the sketch comedy series that will not be available to fans: Season 2, Episode 6, entitled “The Internet and the Moment in Lil Jon’s Life”.
The episode was not included in the package when the parent company of ViacomCBS-Comedy Central – according to a Daily Beast report on Friday – transferred the non-exclusive streaming rights to the Chappelle’s Show to HBO Max and Netflix in early 2020, due to their association with disgraced adult film star Ron Jeremy. The episode was reportedly removed from Comedy Central’s streaming platform and CBS All Access – another ViacomCBS-owned facility – following Jeremy’s arrest for sexual assault in June.
Washington Newsday has contacted HBO Max and Netflix for further comment.
Jeremy already had a guest appearance on the Chappelle’s Show in February 2004. In the episode – which includes the first part of the fans’ favorite sketch, “When Keeping it Real Goes Wrong” – Chappelle’s sketch “If the Internet Was a Real Place” essentially transports him to a physical area of the Internet within a computer. Jeremy guides Chappelle through the AI universe and invites him to look at Paris Hilton’s 2001 leaked sex tape.
Over the summer, Jeremy was accused of multiple sexual assaults, including “11 cases of rape, six cases of violent oral copulation, eight cases of sexual assault, five cases of forced penetration by a foreign body, and one case of sodomy each,” assault with intent, to commit rape, assault with intent to commit a violent digital intrusion, intrusion of a foreign body into an unconscious victim, and lewd behavior with a 15-year-old girl,” according to documents filed by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office in June.
If convicted, the 67-year-old could be sentenced to up to 330 years in state prison. He is currently behind bars in a California state prison after failing to pay $6.6 million in bail.
Jeremey has long since denied all allegations of misconduct and has made a not guilty confession on all charges. He is expected to appear in December for a preliminary hearing in court.