Amy Schumer Clarifies That She Doesn’t Think She Deserves Equal Pay to Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock

Both Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock made a lot of money off their stand-up
special deals with Netflix. It was recently reported that Amy
Schumer retroactively demanded to make the same from the
streaming service, a claim she has denied with a mostly nude
pic, as one does.

Variety initially reported that Schumer
negotiated for more money in an article about the pay gap in
media for women performers. The passage referring to Schumer’s
fight against the pay gap doesn’t explicitly say that she asked
for her check to equal Rock or Chapelle’s, veteran comics who
have been selling out shows for longer than Schumer has been
working, but that’s what many took away from the following:

Amy Schumer couldn’t have been hotter as a personality when
she set a deal last year to star in a comedy special for
Netflix, “The Leather Special,” which premiered in March. But
when Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle made headlines for
commanding eye-popping deals for $20 million per special,
Schumer’s team went back to Netflix and flatly asked for more
money. According to a source, Schumer was initially paid
about $11 million for her special. She received significantly
more compensation after she raised the question of fairness
relative to the Rock and Chappelle deals.

“Significantly more compensation” on top of $11 million sure
sounds like close to $20 million, so the confusion is somewhat
understandable. Schumer responded on Instagram on Wednesday,
writing that both men are “legends” and that she doesn’t think
she deserves to make what they do yet. But she is the first
female comic to sell out an arena, after all:

Hot dog dog. 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. 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. I will continue to work my ass
off and be the best performer I can be. The reports of me
“demanding” or “insisting” on equal pay to them aren’t a
true. #fat #stealsjokes

There you have it. Schumer probably isn’t making as much as
Dave Chappelle or Chris Rock, but she definitely made a
lot
of money.

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