Amy Schumer is defending herself and her worth. After a Variety story published on Tuesday, August 22, claimed that the comedian, 36, asked for more money for her Netflix special after learning Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle each got $20 million for theirs, Schumer took to Instagram to explain the story in her own words.
“Thanks for chiming in on what you feel I deserve to be paid. I believe women deserve equal pay. However I don’t believe I deserve equal pay to Chris and Dave,” Schumer wrote on Instagram on Wednesday. “They are legends and 2 of the greatest comics of all time. I would like to say that I have been selling out arenas these last couple years. Something a female comic has never done. That’s a big deal to me, especially because I know I do my best every night on stage for the audience and they have a good time. I didn’t ask for the same as my friends. I did ask for more than the initial offer.”
According to Variety, when Schumer’s team learned of Rock and Chappelle’s income for their specials, she went back to Netflix to ask for more than her reported initial $11 million deal. A source told Variety that “she received significantly more compensation after she raised the question of fairness relative to the Rock and Chappelle deals.”
Amy Schumer: The Leather Special is streaming now on Netflix.
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