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Surprise! Dave Chappelle Shows Up To The ‘Today’ Show Unannounced!



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Dave Chappelle is more spontaneous that we thought.

The 40-year-old has been hot on his press tour promoting his forthcoming shows at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. So on Tuesday morning, the star did the unimaginable … He crashed NBC’s Today show.

During the morning program, a loud knock came from the window situated behind the hosts … Sure enough, it was Dave, holding up a sign that read: “Radio City! June 18-26.”

Welp, the cast couldn’t just leave Dave outside, so they sent Matt Lauer out for a little impromptu interview. “This is one of the most grass roots advertising campaigns I have ever seen,” Lauer told the comedian. “You’ve got concerts coming up, you had five originally, you hadn’t been at Radio City for a long time … Those five concerts sold out in five minutes. Why were sales so sluggish?”

Chappelle responded, “I can’t believe that I sold one of them out. But we are doing four more shows. They went on sale last week.”

Then the comedian asked … “Are we on television right now? I thought this was a run through.”

Check out one of the most awkward interviews of all time above.


Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice



Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.

On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.

It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.

So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.

“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”

Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”

And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.

For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”

Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.

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