American funnyman Dave Chappelle has cited racial prejudice for his abrupt walk-out from hit comedy series The Chappelle Show last year (05). The stand-up comedian made headlines in May 2005 when he quit the show on US network COMEDY CENTRAL during the third season, leaving behind a $50 million (GBP27.7 million) contract. He was eventually tracked down in South Africa where he said he had gone to "purify himself," and "do some soul searching" because he was unhappy with the direction in which the show was going. Chappelle tells Esquire magazine, "The bottom line was, white people own everything, and where can a black person go and be himself or say something that's familiar to him and not have to explain or apologise? "I felt like I was really pressured to settle for something that I didn't necessarily feel like I wanted. "The thing about show business is that, in a way, it forces dysfunctional relationships in people."