Dave Chappelle had a meltdown during his comedy show in Hartford, Conn. on Thursday night. The comedian stopped his routine when some fans started being loud, and when the booing and heckling persisted, he walked off the stage.
"He didn't do anything," one member of the audience said. "He just stood there. ... He wanted quiet. He wanted everyone to be quiet while he performed."
Dave Chappelle's show was part of the Funny or Die Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Tour, which was supposed to the comedian's comeback after his years away from the spotlight. Chappelle famously turned down a $50 million contract that to continue his sketch show on Comedy Central.
At the time, he blamed his departure on a lack of trust in his inner circle. But during Dave Chappelle's most recent meltdown, he said he regretted walking away so soon.
"I f**ked up when I left my show, you know why?" Chappelle said during his rant. "Cause my show only has to be 22 minutes of television. I could've went on television, I could've read the phone book for 22 minutes and I would've got $50 million dollars. I shoulda done that sh*t. but my ego wouldn't let me. Tonight is different. Tonight my contract says 25 minutes and I have 3 minutes left. and when my 3 minutes is up, my *ss is gone."
Dave Chappelle then made one final statement before walking off the stage for good. ""I like some of you, I hate some of you," he said. "I forgive some of you, but I don't forgive all of you."
Watch videos of Dave Chappelle's meltdown below.
Things got so bad that Hartford Police were even called in as a precaution. Some fans also reportedly demanded a refund after Chappelle walked off the stage.
This is not the first time Dave Chappelle has had a meltdown during a show. In July 2011, the comedian appeared at a charity event in Miami but got annoyed when fans started recording video.
"He's spent more time going back & forth with one audience member, & pretty much stopped telling jokes," tweeted Roland S. Martin, then of CNN, who was in the crowd at the time. " ... He got texted four times during his show and actually checked them ... He's just staring at the crowd & sighing ... He's been on stage 46 minutes & told one joke."
Dave Chappelle faced a similar incident last year, when he lashed out at a fan in Austin who brought a recording device to the show. That time, the audience heckled back at him, though Chappelle seemed to take it in stride.
Ironically, the comedian got a much different reception in Austin this year. When the Funny or Die Tour stopped in the city earlier this month, Dave Chappelle received a standing ovation before he even told a single joke.