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Segarra calls Chappelle 'immature and inappropriate'

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Dave Chappelle explained to a crowd in Chicago why he walked off stage in Hartford last week and the comedian had nothing nice to stay about his stay in the Capital City.

Now, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra has responded to the rant against the Capital City and its citizens.

On Aug. 29, Chappelle walked off the stage at Comcast Theater in the middle of his performance. He blamed fans in the arena for heckling him.

"Thank you and good night," Chappelle said as he walked off the stage.

Fans told Eyewitness News that the performance lasted 23 minutes, which was what he was contractually required to perform. During the performance, Chappelle read excerpts from a book, smoked a few cigarettes and responded to hecklers.

"I like some of you. I hate some of you," Chappelle said during the performance.

On Tuesday night, Chappelle took to the stage at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, IL, where he explained his actions.

"I know you read in the paper I took a nasty spill the other night," Chappelle said, according to audio obtained by dalaughingbarrel.com. "It wasn't my fault."

The crowd on the audio can be heard cheering and supporting him.

"This crowd is so much better than Hartford," Chappelle told the Chicago crowd. "I will never go back."

Chappelle said he wouldn't even go to Hartford for gas.

"I don't want anything bad to happen to the United States, but if North Korea ever drops a nuclear bomb on this country, I swear to God I hope it lands in Hartford, Connecticut," Chappelle said in the audio obtained by dalaughingbarrel.com.

On Thursday, Segarra, who did not attend the event, released a statement on Chappelle, where he called "his recent remarks" by the comedian "immature and inappropriate."

"Dave Chappelle should stick to his job, give the fans what they paid for and not disparage the good people of Hartford," Segarra said.

Segarra also tweeted about the incident.

"Dave Chappelle should quit whining, do his job and try some yoga. #HartfordHasIt P.E.S.," Segarra tweeted.

The shows in Hartford and Chicago were part of the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival presented by Funny or Die. The show also featured Flight Of The Conchords and Demetri Martin.

"Hey Hartford. Pipe down and let Dave Chappelle do his thing," organizers of the Oddball Fest tweeted after the performance.

Eyewitness News spoke with officials with the Connecticut chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People about the incident.

"The state of Connecticut has a dark cloud over it pertaining to racism," said Scot X. Esdaile of the Connecticut NAACP. "You would think that a lot of the stuff would be gone now, but if it keeps bringing up its ugly head, we need to really comprehensively deal with it."

Neil Connors attended Chappelle's show in Hartford and said he used to be a huge fan, but now he as well as others in Hartford said they're disappointed to say the least.

"His portrayal of Hartford demonstrates he doesn't know anything about the city because it's not just a bunch of white men in the city," he said. "It's a multicultural city. There were many different people there. It certainly wasn't a sea of white in the audience like he was characterizing. I don't think it was anything but an excuse for a poor performance."

To hear the whole audio form the Chicago show, click the following link, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxZ49nibXoo#t=143. (WARNING: THE AUDIO IS GRAPHIC.)

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