"We aren't making the show anymore," Schumer posted, in response to reports that one of her writers, Kurt Metzger, had been fired after making controversial comments about rape. "There are no writers for it."
But on Thursday morning, she clarified that Season 5 of the show will air on Comedy Central at some point, just not "in the foreseeable future," and that she will be focusing on other projects for at least the next year. (Schumer's memoir, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, was recently released.)
Doing Standup and focusing on writing more for the next year at least. We are slated for a season 5 but not in the foreseeable future.— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) August 18, 2016
Comedy Central renewed Inside Amy Schumer for a fifth season in January. The show premiered in 2013 and has received a Peabody Award, eight Emmy nominations and two Emmy wins in its four-season run. Schumer is also up for Outstanding Comedy Actress at this year's Emmy Awards, which will take place on Sept. 18.
In May, Viacom president Doug Herzog said that Schumer's future with Comedy Central was up in the air since her "immediately viable movie career is something that she's going to be pretty focused on going forward." However, Herzog was discussing the possibility of Inside Amy Schumer running for a sixth season, not a fifth.
Metzger, who is credited on 30 episodes of Inside Amy Schumer, wrote a Facebook post earlier this week criticizing women who claim to have been raped but who wait to report the crime to police and/or cannot provide physical evidence. (The post has since been deleted.)
Schumer posted these tweets in response, later clarifying that she didn't fire Metzger:
I am so saddened and disappointed in Kurt Metzger. He is my friend and a great writer and I couldn't be more against his recent actions.— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) August 17, 2016
Kurt does not work for me. He is not a writer on my show. Please stop asking me about it. His words are not mine.— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) August 17, 2016
I didn't fire Kurt. He isn't a writer for my show because we aren't making the show anymore. There are no writers for it.— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) August 18, 2016
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