This past weekend Dave Chappelle had found himself in headlines after conservative publication Observer ran a story claiming that the comedian had defended Donald Trump, while criticizing Hillary Clinton.
Well, the Chappelle’s Show mastermind has spoken about the controversy, and his answer really, really should not surprise anyone.
When approached by TMZ to offer some clarity on the incident this past Monday, Chappelle said the following.
“Jesus Christ. I’m not a Trump supporter. Unequivocally no. I’m not going to elaborate on it. Hell no. Just everybody vote, for whoever you wanna vote for.”
He then references the Observer with one of the greatest eye rolls to ever be captured on film, before saying “Just come see my shows for yourself and not listen to conservative paper reviews.”
From the jump there was a lot to speculate about the report. For starters, Chappelle does not allow his shows to be recorded, so it is easy to imagine how his remarks could be taken out of context. Two, the Observer is owned by Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of Donald Trump.
A representative had confirmed in a statement this past Monday to Variety that Chappelle had voted for Hillary.
“Dave is disgusted by the tone of the election and especially by the idea that his comedy would be misconstrued to defend [Trump],” the representative said. “His comedy show blasted both candidates. By the way, he voted for Hillary [Clinton].”
The only good to come from this might very well be that Chappelle has even more commentary to use for his forthcoming appearance on Saturday Night Live. He will be serving as the host for this upcoming Saturday episode, with A Tribe Called Quest serving as the night’s performers.
Needless to say, it is going to be a memorable SNL for a number of reasons, especially coming off the heels of this year’s presidential election.
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