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03/20/2017 05:53 pm ET | Updated 5 days ago

Dave Chappelle Explains How Comedy Central Hurt His Feelings With ‘Key & Peele’

Chappelle says that he "fought very hard" to help create the format the pair's show has benefited from.

Dave Chappelle is a bit disappointed over some of the new developments at Comedy Central.

During a candid interview with “CBS This Morning,” Chappelle talked to co-host Gayle King about an array of topics, including his 2005 exit from Comedy Central. Following two successful seasons of “Chappelle’s Show,” the 43-year-old comedian says he walked away from a $50 million deal to relocate to South Africa and focus on fostering a closer relationship with his family.  

Several years later, in January 2012, comedians Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele launched their very own 30-minute sketch comedy series on the network titled “Key & Peele.”

Despite being a fan of their show, Chappelle says that he noticed certain “conventions” ― regarding the race-related skits ― that the network previously resisted during his years of creating “Chappelle’s Show.”

“I fought the network very hard so that those conventions could come to fruition,” he said. “So, like the first episode I do, that black white supremacist sketch. And it’s like, ‘Well, that’s 10 minutes long. It should be five minutes long.’ Why should it be five minutes long? Like, these types of conventions.”

“Key & Peele” has earned multiple Emmy nominations and a 2016 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series. Chappelle says that he “fought very hard” to help create the pair’s show format.

He added: “When I watch ‘Key & Peele’ and I see they’re doing a format that I created, and at the end of the show, it says, ‘Created by Key & Peele,’ that hurts my feelings.”

Watch more of Dave Chappelle’s “CBS This Morning” interview in the clip above.

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