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Amy Schumer denies asking for same pay as Chris Rock for Netflix special

Amy Schumer believes she doesn't deserve to be paid the same as "2 of the greatest comics of all time."

Amy Schumer has denied demanding to be paid the same money as Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle for her Netflix stand-up special.

It was recently reported that the Trainwreck actress had renegotiated her contract with Netflix bosses after discovering that the $11 million (£8.6 million) she was set to receive for The Leather Special paled in comparison to the two comedians, who had scored $20 million (£15.6 million) each, and successfully managed to secure a financial boost.

However, many social media users took this to mean she had demanded the same salary and criticised her for comparing herself to comedy legends who have been doing stand-up for much longer than her.

Amy addressed the issue on Instagram on Wednesday (23Aug17) and insisted she asked for more money, but not as much as Chris and Dave.

"I believe women deserve equal pay. However 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.

"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 a*s 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 (sic)."

She also highlighted her achievements by adding that she has been selling out arenas in recent years which is "something a female comic has never done".

The 36-year-old, who released the special in March, made the statement in an edited caption of an Instagram picture, which showed her topless and in a nude thong standing in a kitchen while holding her dog Tati to her chest. The pet was dressed in a hot dog costume, so her original caption was "Hot dog dog".

Amy and Chris have worked together before - he directed her 2015 HBO comedy special Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo.

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