ABC, which had promoted Chappelle with a Home Improvement cameo the year before, premieres Dave Chappelle's sitcom Buddies, a severely compromised version of the sitcom that Chappelle had been developing. Nobody likes it, not even Entertainment Weekly, which writes, "The worst thing about the show is that it makes racism boring." Despite Chappelle's compromises and the addition of white characters, the show is abandoned. "He lost his innocence on that show," his agent Barry later said in Searching for Chappelle. Soon after, Fox after executives pressure him to recast a role in yet another series to broaden its appeal. Chappelle leaves the project; the ensuing controversy is covered in a Variety article headlined "TV's Race Card."