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Comedy: Chappelle’s Show On Hold

5/04/2005 9:52 AM Eastern

Comedy Central has suspended production and delayed the May 31 third-season premiere of Chappelle’s Show.

The network issued a terse statement Wednesday about the hit show, and spokesman Tony Fox declined to comment further. No reason was given for the suspension of work on the show.

A spokesman for Chappelle said, “At this point, we don’t have anything to add to the statement.”

In its statement, the Viacom Inc.-owned network said, “Comedy Central has suspended production on the third season of Chappelle’s Show until further notice. All parties are optimistic that production will resume in the near future. The third season will not premiere on May 31st as originally scheduled.”

Stand-up comedian Chappelle’s irreverent sketch show has been a ratings hit for Comedy. In its second season, Chappelle’s Show posted a 2.6 Nielsen Media Research rating, averaging 3.1 million total viewers in its Wednesday main play. It was also the No. 1 show in its time slot in all of television in the men-18-34 demographic.

Back in August, Chappelle reached an agreement to extend his contract with Comedy to return for third and fourth seasons of 13 episodes each.

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