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Dave Chappelle will executive produce new comedy specials for Netflix

Dave Chappelle is producing a series of comedy specials for Netflix.

The comedian is an executive producer of the upcoming series called “Chappelle’s Home Team,” the streaming service announcement Friday.

The first special, “Earthquake: Legendary,” features comedian Earthquake and will premiere on February 28. Donnell Rawlings will appear in the upcoming one, for which no release date has been announced, Deadline reported. The series will feature a total of four specials, according to the publication.

“I’ve been doing this for a long time and comedians like Quake and Donnell are not just friends but have inspired my own career,” Chappelle said in a statement to Deadline. “Everyone in the comedy community knows these names and knows that their finest hour is long overdue. I am proud to be a part of this moment.”

Chappelle was widely criticized for cracking a series of transphobic jokes in his latest Netflix special, “The Closer,” which premiered in October.

The special was condemned by LGBTQ advocates and Netflix employees who staged a walkout days after its release.

Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos has come to Chappelle’s defense, telling the entire Netflix staff in an October memo that he doesn’t believe the comedian’s words translate to “real harm.” .

Sarandos later admitted that he “screwed up” his response to the staff and that he “should have led with a lot more humanity”.

But the Netflix executive indicated at the time that there were no plans to remove the special from the service.

In light of the announcement about “Chappelle’s Home Team,” some people on Twitter mocked those who complained that the review of “The Closer” was an example of “cancel culture.”

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