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EXCLUSIVE: Dave Chappelle Recalls Meeting Muhammad Ali at 2 Years Old -- See the Childhood Photo

by Alex Ungerman 5:58 PM PDT, June 10, 2016
Playing EXCLUSIVE: Dave Chappelle Recalls Meeting Muhammad Ali at 2 Years Old -- See the Childhood Photo

Dave Chappelle was not going to miss Muhammad Ali's funeral.

ET's Nischelle Turner caught up with the comedian on Friday outside the Louisville, Kentucky, memorial service for the boxing legend, who died last weekend at age 74 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.

Though Chappelle had a show the previous night and was on his way to another in Wichita, Kansas, on Friday, he said that he came to the funeral because, "I wouldn't miss it for the world."

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"He's beyond royalty. He's bigger than all the kings of the Earth," Chappelle, 42, explained. "And that's why we're here."

Chappelle then shared a photo of his first meeting with Ali, when the young comedian was just two years old.

Photo: Getty Images

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"I was two. I didn't know what was going on," Chappelle admitted, though he said, "I knew exactly who he was."

"I don't know how my mom arranged it but that was the first time I met Muhammad Ali," Chappelle added.

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Thousands gathered in Kentucky to honor Ali, including actor Will Smith, who talked to ET before the procession about what the late athlete, activist and leader meant to the world.

Watch the interview below.

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