Amy Schumer says that she asked for more money from Netflix for The Leather Special, though she denies that she asked for as much as Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock as had been reported. So how much money did Netflix actually end up paying Amy Schumer for her 2016 comedy special?
Variety reported this week that Netflix initially offered to pay Amy Schumer $11 million for The Leather Special but that she asked for more money. According to Variety, Schumer found out that Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock were each paid $20 million for their specials, and she questioned the fairness of this. As a result, she received “significantly more” than $11 million.
On her Instagram account, Amy Schumer has since said that she did not ask for as much money as Chris Rock and Dave Chapelle, i.e. $20 million.
“…I don’t believe I deserve equal pay to Chris and Dave,” she wrote. “They are legends and 2 of the greatest comics of all time.”
Variety’s report did not actually indicate that Schumer asked for $20 million; it just said that she asked for more than $11 million after finding out how much Dave Chapelle and Chris Rock made.
So while Variety did not report how much Schumer actually ended up being paid, they say that it was “significantly more” than $11 million, and Schumer says that it’s less than $20 million, meaning she probably ended up being paid something in the ballpark of $15 million for The Leather Special.
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
That’s still a pretty substantial amount of money, especially considering it’s more than David Letterman will reportedly be paid for his upcoming Netflix show. According to Variety, Netflix will pay Letterman $2 million per episode for his new show. As six episodes are being produced, Letterman will end up making $12 million for his first set of episodes, less than Schumer was paid for the one-hour The Leather Special.