Amy Schumer isn’t joking around.
The comedian confirmed she asked for a higher salary to star in a Netflix special than what she was originally offered — but made it clear she never asked for the same pay as fellow comics Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock, as some people believed after misinterpreting a recent report.
“Thanks for chiming in on what you feel I deserve to be paid,” Schumer captioned an Instagram photo, in which she’s nearly naked while holding up a dog wearing a hot dog costume. “I believe women deserve equal pay. However I don’t believe I deserve equal pay to Chris and Dave. They are legends and 2 of the greatest comics of all time.”
The apparent confusion stems from a Variety report earlier this week that Schumer asked for a pay raise from Netflix after learning Chappelle and Rock were each getting $ 20 million for each of their specials with the streaming service.
Amy Schumer asked Netflix for more money for comedy special
Schumer, 36, had originally been given $ 11 million for her “The Leather Special,” which premiered in March, but received significantly more money after pointing to the Rock and Chappelle deals, the Variety report states, citing a source.
And while Schumer didn’t specify whether she pointed to the Rock and Chappelle contracts, she did confirm she asked for a bump in pay — just not for as much as the other two got.
“I would like to say that I have been selling out arenas these last couple years. Something a female comic has never done,” Schumer wrote. “That’s a big deal to me … I didn’t ask for the same as my friends. I did ask for more than the initial offer.”
Netflix has made a strong play to add big-name comedy talent to its lineup in recent months. In addition to Schumer, Chappelle and Rock, the streaming service has deals with Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin James, Jim Gaffigan and, most recently, David Letterman.
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