She denies being a comedy crook.
Will Smith’s viral slap wasn’t the only controversy to emerge during the Oscars: Comedian Amy Schumer recently refuted claims that she pilfered a joke about Leonardo DiCaprio during her speech at the 2022 Academy Awards.
The 40-year-old “Trainwreck” star stated her case during an appearance on “Watch What Happens Live!” with Andy Cohen.
“I’m funny enough, I don’t need to steal s – t,” Schumer insisted in the segment.
She was referring to her Oscars spot, in which the comedian lampooned 47-year-old DiCaprio’s penchant for dating younger women. “He has done so much to fight climate change and leave behind a cleaner, greener planet for his girlfriends,” she joked.
Then, during the call-in segment of “WWHL,” a fan asked if she’d lifted the one-liner from a nearly identical post on Twitter from December 2021. However, the comic, who has been accused of joke theft in the past, quickly shot down the allegations.
“Well, I would like to say, I haven’t personally been on Twitter. I’ve had my assistant do it, just so I can remain alive and not kill myself, ”the“ Inside Amy Schumer ”host responded on the air. “And also, that joke was written by Suli McCullough.”
She added, “But I thank you guys, always, for making sure I don’t start thievery.”
The funny gal even claimed that she passed a polygraph test for Vanity Fair, insisting “they asked me, thank God, ‘Have you ever stolen a joke?’ and I said no, and it was ‘that’s true.’ ”
“Everybody just chill,” summed up Schumer, who was infamously accused of plagiarizing jokes in 2016 by female comics Wendy Liebman, Tammy Pescatelli and Kathleen Madigan.
The self-proclaimed feminist has since refuted the charges on SiriusXM’s “The Jim Norton Advice Show.” Meanwhile, all three accusers have subsequently softened their criticism of Schumer: Liebman and Madigan have deleted some of their tweets, and Pescatelli said on the “Norton” show that some of her criticism “went too far, and I’m super-apologetic. ”
In other Oscar news involving Schumer, the comedian recently called Will Smith’s viral slap of Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars a “f-king bummer” and all about “toxic masculinity.”