Dave Chappelle to host ‘SNL’

A Tribe Called Quest to serve as musical guest

Shonda McClain | 11/8/2016, 11:18 a.m.
Comedian Dave Chappelle will host “Saturday Night Live” for the first time on Nov. 12.
Dave Chappelle. -- Photo courtesy of Comedy Central

Comedian Dave Chappelle will host “Saturday Night Live” for the first time on Nov. 12.

Chappelle, best known for his critically acclaimed comedy show, has rarely made any public appearances since he abruptly left “Chappelle’s Show” in 2005, turning down a reported $50 million dollar payday.

Over the past few years, Chappelle has slowly returned to the spotlight, most significantly in 2014 when he performed 10 shows at Radio City Music Hall and he appeared in Spike Lee’s 2015 film “Chi-Raq.”

The comedian will be joined by musical guest A Tribe Called Quest, who is about to release its first album in 18 years, “We Got It From Here, Thank You for Your Service.” The album will include all four of the group’s members, including the late Malik Taylor, known as Phife Dawg, who died on March 22 at the age of 45, from complications from diabetes. The album, the group’s sixth, will also feature a host of guest appearances, including André 3000, Kendrick Lamar, Elton John, Jack White and Busta Rhymes.

After news of Chappelle’s “SNL” appearance hit the internet, the comedian made news for a different reason.

According to published reports, during a comedy show in New York on Friday night, Chappelle appeared to defend Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s sexual assault charges, calling him "the most gangsta candidate ever,” and ripped into Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, saying, “She’s going to be on a coin someday. And her behavior has not been coin-worthy. She’s not right and we all know she’s not right.”

But, a representative for Chappelle told the Huffington Post in an email that

“Dave is disgusted by the tone of the election and especially by the idea that his comedy would be misconstrued to defend Trump.”

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