Kanye West thanked comedian Dave Chappelle on Tuesday morning for “hopping on a jet to see me doing well.” This comes after West posted a flurry of troubling — and now-deleted — tweets on Monday night.
West posted a video of himself with Chappelle and others in Wyoming in which he challenged the comic to tell a joke, on the spot, to lift their spirits. “Uplifting joke?,” Chappelle said in the nearly two-minute clip. “You know I don’t write them.”
West tweeted that Chappelle was “a Godsend and a true friend” after his visit. The two have known one another since West appeared on “The Chappelle Show” in 2003. Chappelle has dealt with rumors about his mental health after he walked away in 2004 from his hit Comedy Central series — and the $50-million deal that came with it — and disappeared to South Africa. The comedian later told Oprah Winfrey that stress and pressure from network execs caused him to bolt.
West has openly spoken out in recent years about struggling with his mental health, and recently has raised renewed concerns since announcing on July 4 that he was running for president.