Gary Susman
June 01, 2005 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Dave Chappelle may have gone AWOL from the production of the third season of Comedy Central’s Chappelle’s Show, but the comic began earning his $50 million last week when the second season’s DVD package went on sale. According to Paramount Home Entertainment, Chappelle’s Show: Season 2 Uncensored is selling faster than you can say, ”I’m Rick James, bitch!” In fact, the distributor says, since Season 2 hit shelves a week ago, it has surpassed Seinfeld: The Complete Fourth Season to become the fastest-selling TV-series-to-DVD set ever. The May 24 release set a single-day record of 500,000 in sales, while the first-week figure is an unprecedented 1.2 million.

Chappelle’s Show: Season 1 Uncensored is the top-selling TV-to-DVD set ever, with nearly 3 million copies sold since its release in Feb. 2004. ”Based on the popularity of the first Chappelle DVD, we were confident that Season 2 would sell well,” Comedy Central president Doug Herzog said in a statement, ”but these figures are just unbelievable and have far exceeded our wildest expectations.” Of course, with the future of Chappelle’s Show in doubt, fans may have snapped up the new set because it could be their last chance to see the celebrated sketch show.

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