The Comedy Central star reportedly checks himself into a South African facility

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated May 12, 2005 08:00 AM

Comedy Central star Dave Chappelle – who’s been MIA since last week, when his network announced a delay in the May 31 premiere and a halt in the production of the third season of Chappelle’s Show – reportedly has checked himself into a mental health facility in South Africa.

Chappelle, 32, flew from Newark, N.J., to South Africa on April 28 for treatment, says Entertainment Weekly magazine.

“We don’t know where he is,” Comedy Central spokesman Tony Fox said. “We’ve heard about South Africa. We don’t know. We haven’t talked to Dave.”

Chappelle’s spokesman, Matt Labov, would not comment on the magazine’s story.

Earlier this week, Newsweek reported that Chappelle – exhausted from tension, partying and creative differences with Comedy Central – had not moved forward with the new season of his popular sketch show.

Last summer, Comedy Central signed Chappelle to a deal reportedly worth $50 million for two new seasons of the series. Neither Comedy Central’s Fox nor Chappelle’s spokesman Labov has discussed what caused the halt in production or how long it will last, reports the Associated Press.

“All parties are optimistic that production will resume in the near future,” Comedy Central said in a statement a few days ago.