Amy Schumer initially signed an $11 million deal with Netflix in 2017 for her comedy special, “The Leather Special,” according to Variety. But when she learned that comedians Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle were each paid $20 million for their respective specials, she decided to ask for more money.
“I believe women deserve equal pay,” Schumer wrote in an Instagram post in August 2017. “However I don’t believe I deserve equal pay to Chris and Dave. They are legends and two 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.”
Some were quick to criticize Schumer for what they saw as asking to be paid the same amount as Rock and Chappelle.
But she clarified that wasn’t the case.
“I didn’t ask for the same as my friends,” Schumer wrote on Instagram. “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 true.”