After taking a “spiritual retreat” in South Africa, Dave Chappelle has now set up camp in the Yellow Springs, Ohio area where he grew up.
“He was in here last week to buy cigarettes and he was in here again on Saturday,” Cyndee Perkins, manager of the Import House tobacco shop tells MTV.com. “He talks to everyone, and everyone talks to him. We don’t ask him [about his personal business] because we wanted to make sure he’s OK and we didn’t want to pry. I was glad to see he was enjoying the weather.”
An employee of Ye Old Trail Tavern also had a Chappelle sighting. “He was just chilling and walking around with his friend,” Cole Lindemuth tells the Dayton Daily News after spying Chappelle last Thursday.
The comedian spent part of his childhood in Yellow Springs, where his late father was a professor at Antioch College. Today, Chappelle makes him on a farm in the area with his wife and two children.
Despite his return, it does not appear production will start on his hit show at any point in the near future.
“We have no update and I won’t speculate on when the show might come back,” says Chappelle spokesperson Matt Labov said.
Production on the third season of Chappelle’s Comedy Central show was scheduled to premiere on Tuesday, May 31, but production was abruptly suspended “until further notice.”