Dave Chappelle returns as host of SNL on Nov. 12

Comedian Dave Chappelle is set to make his return to the “Saturday Night Live” stage.

“SNL” confirmed that Chappelle would handle hosting duties during the Nov. 12 edition of the Emmy-winning show.

Chappelle, who has won two Emmys for Best Comedy Guest Actor on “SNL,” will be hosting the show for the third time.

The 49-year-old last hosted “SNL” with musical guest the Foo Fighters in November 2020, when it was the program’s first episode since the US Presidential election.

Chappelle will be accompanied by the New York rap duo Black Star, who released “No Fear of Time” in May, as the show’s musical guest.

The sketch comedy veteran has not returned as the show’s host since his Netflix special “The Closer” released in 2021, in which he enraged many within Netflix over his homophobic and transphobic comments.

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Chappelle performing a sketch with Kate Mckinnon during his first hosting spot on Nov. 12, 2016.
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Netflix’s co-CEO and chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, initially defended Chappelle but later backtracked and apologized to Netflix employees after they expressed much outrage over Chappelle’s special.

Chappelle has doubled down on his comments in a video he posted in Oct. 2021, where he was quoted saying, “I said what I said,” in response to criticism over his special.

Chappelle has admitted that he has no beef with the LGBTQ+ community.

“It’s about corporate interest. And what I can say! And what I can’t say!”




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