Dave Chappelle reportedly changed his opening monologue for NBC Saturday Night Live ahead of this weekend’s live stream, throwing a joke at a SNL staff writer who boycotted the episode to protest the comedian.
Chappelle made a “fake” SNL monologue during the show’s dress rehearsal and then changed his material for the live show, sources told the New York Post.
“Dave does a fake monologue during dress rehearsal, because he doesn’t want to [SNL creator] Lorne Michaels, or anyone else, to find out what his real monologue is,” one of the sources said, adding that Chappelle made a joke during rehearsal about a writer who refused to work. with him on the show of the week.
Some SNL the staff writers were reportedly so furious that Chappelle was hosting the show that they boycotted the episode in protest. “They won’t do the show,” an unnamed source told Page Six. “But none of the actors are boycotting.”
Their anger apparently stemmed from Chappelle’s frequent jokes about transgender people and his statement in the Netflix special The closest that he believes that biological reality determines gender.
In last week’s episode, Chappelle delivered a 15-minute monologue that addressed Kanye West’s recent anti-Semitic comments while delivering a few of his own Jewish jokes. His monologue has since been attacked by some who believe Chappelle was normalizing or perpetuating anti-Semitism.
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