At first Saturday night live Following each of the last two presidential elections, Dave Chappelle served as host and took the opportunity to share his thoughts on the state of American politics. The comedian returned for the third time this week after midterms, but this time was a little different.

It was Chappelle’s first host SNL since he came under fire for a slew of transphobic jokes on his latest Netflix special The nearer. And before he even took the stage at Studio 8H for his monologue, the anger and threats of boycott from the show’s writers were palpable on social media, especially considering this season SNL has its first gender-neutral cast member in Molly Kearney.

But while he’s been careful to avoid the subject that’s seemingly been bothering him for the past few years, Chappelle may have dug an even deeper hole by — intentionally — defending the essence of Kanye West’s anti-Semitic rhetoric through comedy.

The comedian entered the room and first read out a brief statement: “I condemn anti-Semitism in all its forms and stand with my friends in the Jewish community. And with that, Kanye, you buy yourself some time.”

Chappelle went on to explain that over the course of his 35-year career he’s learned that “there are two words in the English language that you should never say together: ‘The’ and ‘Jews.’” And he had some strong jokes on West’s “Death Con 3” tweet and the repercussions he faced from Adidas and others for his words.

“It’s a big deal, he broke the rules of show business,” Chappelle said. “You know, the rules of perception. If they’re black, then it’s a gang. If they’re Italian, it’s a mob. If you’re Jewish, that’s a coincidence and you should never talk about it.”

After noting that “Kanye got in so much trouble that Kyrie [Irving] got in trouble,” Chappelle said, “this is where I draw the line. I know that the Jewish people around the world have been through terrible things, but you can’t blame black Americans for that.” That line was met with silence save for a single scream from the audience. “Thanks, the only person who said ‘woo’.”

“I’ve been to Hollywood and — no one gets mad at me — I’m just telling you what I saw,” he added, pausing for effects. “There are many Jews. Like a lot. But that doesn’t mean anything! You know what I mean? Because there are a lot of black people in Ferguson, Missouri, that doesn’t mean we run the place.” He said the “illusion that Jews are in show business” is “not a crazy thing to think,” but “it is crazy thing to say them out loud”.

There was much more to Chappelle’s monologue, which lasted more than 15 minutes and also covered Herschel Walker (“visibly stupid”) and what some are calling “the end of the Trump era.”

But it was his decision to push the kind of anti-Semitic conspiracies that got West into trouble, albeit through jokes that caught the eye and will continue to resonate.

“It shouldn’t be that scary to talk about anything,” he concluded. “It makes my job incredibly difficult. And to be honest, I’m sick of talking to a crowd like this. I love you to death and thank you for your support. And I hope they don’t take anything from me…whoever they are.”

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