After the flurry of rumors flying around about comedian Dave Chappelle’s mysterious flight to South Africa over the past couple of weeks, I think everyone was hoping for some word from the man himself to put our minds at ease. I mean, we know the dude smokes some pot, but when fans started hearing about drug problems and mental issues, I think there was some serious concern there. Last week Entertainment Weekly was the first “real” magazine to publish a story on Chappelle, saying that he checked himself into a mental health facility in South Africa back in April. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case.
Speaking with Time magazine, Chappelle said he’s neither crazy or smoking crack. “I’m definitely stressed out,” he said, explaining why he skipped out on the taping of his show back in late April without giving a heads up to his manager, publicist, or Comedy Central. “There were things that overwhelmed me,” he said. “But not in the way that people are saying. I haven’t spent any of the money. All that stuff about partying and taking crack is not true. Why do I live on a farm in Ohio? To support my partying lifestyle?”
It seems Chappelle is just having a hard time figuring out which of the people badgering him are truthful and which are just in it for a meal ticket. “If you don’t have the right people around you, and you’re moving at a million miles an hour, you can lose yourself,” Chappelle said. “Everyone around me says, ‘You’re a genius, you’re great, that’s your voice,’ but I’m not sure that they’re right. … You got to be careful of the company you keep. It’s hard to know how much to say. One of the things that happens when people make the leap from a certain amount of money to tens of millions of dollars is that the people around you dramatically change.”
The future of Chappelle’s Show remains uncertain, but we’re happy to hear that the funniest dude in the world is alive and well (sorta) and not wrapped up in a straight jacket banging his head on a padded cell in some nut house.