11:32pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Amy Schumer Says Her Show Isn't Canceled
Amy Schumer says her Comedy Central show hasn't been canceled.
The actress-comedian tweeted a message late Wednesday suggesting she was walking away from her Peabody- and Emmy-winning Comedy Central sketch show, Inside Amy Schumer, which was renewed in January for a fifth season to air in 2017.
"We aren't making the show anymore," Schumer wrote on her Twitter page following a flap in which she condemned friend and comedian Kurt Metzger over his comments about sexual assault. Metzger is credited as being a writer on Inside Amy Schumer, though Schumer posted multiple times that "he is not a writer on my show."
"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," Schumer wrote late Wednesday. Moments later she retweeted a fan who wrote "we'll miss your show."
However, on Thursday morning, she clarified her comments, indicating the show is simply on hiatus while she tours to promote her newly released first book.
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
Viacom-owned Comedy Central in January renewed the sketch series for a fifth season that was poised to return in 2017. Season four ended in June with little fanfare. The network hasn't commented on Schumer's tweets.
What Inside Amy lacks in linear viewers — the season-four finale registered just 491,000 same-day viewers — it makes up for in viral magnitude. In offering an early renewal for season five, Comedy Central noted that its third run grew more than 200 percent in total video streams — a six-fold increase year-over-year — with more than 83 million videos streamed.
The in-demand writer-actress recently published her first book —The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo — a collection of comedic and revealing essays about her life. The book followed her breakout success with feature Trainwreck, which she wrote and starred in. Her work on the movie earned her a WGA Award for best screenplay as well as a Golden Globe nomination for best actress in a comedy or musical motion picture.
Keeping Schumer on the Comedy Central roster had been a top priority in January at the time of the show's early renewal. The cabler famously offered Schumer the Daily Show hosting gig after Jon Stewart announced he would be departing.
Earlier this week, Comedy Central said it was canceling Larry Wilmore's The Daily Show companion The Nightly Show. Comedy Central president Kent Alterman singled out that show's lack of linear and multiplatform viewership in making the decision. He told THR that a search is under way to find a replacement for Wilmore's 11:30 p.m. slot and revealed that he would look both internally at Comedy Central's roster of talent as well as outside the network. New episodes of Chris Hardwick's @Midnight will fill the slot until a replacement show has been worked out.
Aug. 18, 7:50 a.m. Updated with Schumer's tweets saying that the show isn't canceled.