2005 | Dave Chappelle quits and hides out in South Africa

After two incredibly successful seasons of "Chappelle's Show" on cable network Comedy Central, comedian Dave Chappelle suddenly quit and fled to South Africa for a "spiritual retreat." Chappelle cut off contact with family members and advisors, leaving Comedy Central to cancel the third season of the show. Chappelle later told Time magazine that he was "definitely stressed out" but wasn't crazy or "smoking crack." "You hear so many voices jockeying for position in your mind that you want to make sure that you hear your own voice," he said. "So I figured, let me just cut myself off from everybody, take a minute and pull a Flintstone -- stop a speeding car by using my bare feet as the brakes." More: Dave Chappelle says he's not crazy | Timing of comic's flight is bad for Comedy Central
Tina Fineberg / For the Los Angeles Times
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