Why Is Dave Chappelle's Wife Mad?

NEW YORK (May 11, 2006) -- Dave Chappelle is still explaining to his wife why he left his Comedy Central show and walked away from a $50 million contract.

“My wife is still a little salty with me,” Chappelle joked on NBC’s “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” on Wednesday night. “She’s not mad at me, but don’t think you can walk away from $50 million and your wife is just going to be cool with it.”

In frequent TV appearances over the past few months, the comedian has repeatedly defended his sudden departure last year from the popular and lucrative “Chappelle’s Show.”

With humor and candor, Chappelle, 32, has laughed at claims that he’s “crazy,” and said he had doubts about how racial elements of his show were received.

He has since returned to performing standup and released the concert documentary, “Block Party.”

On “Late Night,” he also joked about his quick exodus to Africa, where he stayed after leaving “Chappelle’s Show.”

“When you go to Africa, especially your first time, you have this overwhelming feeling like you’re home,” he said. “I had a feeling of ‘man, this feels like home.’

“I think I felt that way because there was a McDonald’s in the airport.”

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