May 4, 2005
While promos for the third season air on Comedy Central, the network announces that the season will not proceed as scheduled. Entertainment Weekly reports that "on April 28, the comedian flew from Newark airport to South Africa to check himself into a mental health facility," adding that "his publicist has repeatedly denied persistent rumors of drug use." Rumors swirl: Is it because he's a drug addict? A Muslim? Suicidal? A drug-addicted, suicidal, Muslim spoiled celebrity? In the May 15 issue of Time, Chappelle denied all the baseless rumors, including reports of a mental-health facility: "Let me tell you the things I can do here which I can't at home: think, eat, sleep, laugh," he said. "I'm an introspective dude. I enjoy my own thoughts sometimes. And I've been doing a lot of thinking here." He mocks the drug accusations: "Why do I live on a farm in Ohio? To support my partying lifestyle?...I want to make sure I'm dancing and not shuffling."