Actress Amy Schumer said she never even heard of the joke she’s accused of stealing.
During a recent appearance on “Watch What Happens Live!” with Andy Cohen, the “Inside Amy Schumer” star insisted that she didn’t steal a joke from a viral tweet about “Don’t Look Up” star and climate change activist Leonardo DiCaprio.
Amy Schumer Says ‘I’m Funny Enough… I Don’t Need To Steal S—’
During the 94th annual Academy Awards last month, the “Trainwreck” star joked about DiCaprio frequently dating younger women. “He has done so much to fight climate change and leave behind a cleaner, greener planet for his girlfriends,” she quipped.
However, that joke is nearly identical to a tweet posted by Nicole Conlan on December 23, 2021. Nicole’s tweet reads, “Leonardo DiCaprio is so passionate about climate change because he wants to leave a better word for his girlfriends.”
During the segment, Amy chalked up the similarities in the joke to a coincidence. “I’m funny enough,” she told Cohen. “I don’t need to steal s—.”
Although she has been accused of stealing jokes in the past, Amy said that she doesn’t even go on Twitter.
“Well, I would like to say, I haven’t personally been on Twitter,” she said. “I’ve had my assistant do it, just so I can remain alive and not kill myself. And, also, that joke was written by Suli McCullough.”
“But I thank you guys, always, for making sure that I don’t start thievery,” she added.
The stand-up comedian has also been pretty vocal about the other controversy that happened on Sunday night at the Oscars.
Amy Schumer Reveals She Was NOT Allowed To Tell Jokes About Alec Baldwin & Others
Throughout the past year, Spotify podcaster Joe Rogan, “Rust” actor Alec Baldwin, and controversial figure James Franco have all been in the news for one reason or another. During a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Amy revealed that she had jokes about all three personalities that were reportedly cut from the telecast.
Joe Rogan has come under fire for using racist comments and spreading misinformation on his Spotify podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience.” Last October, a gun that Baldwin was holding on the “Rust” film set discharged; the bullet struck and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. James Franco has been the subject of several sexual misconduct allegations, which he has all vehemently denied.
The “I Feel Pretty” actress was reportedly frustrated that her lawyer advised her not to tell those kinds of jokes on TV, which paled in comparison to Will Smith and his response to Chris Rock’s joke about Jada Pinkett Smith and her hair loss condition, known as alopecia.
“I wasn’t allowed to say any of that [at the Oscars], but you can just come up and [slap] someone,” she said. She revealed that one of the jokes she made was, “‘Don’t Look Up’ is the name of a movie? More like don’t look down the barrel of Alec Baldwin’s shotgun.”
Amy Schumer Called Will Smith’s Oscars Slap ‘Just A F—ing Bummer’
The “Life & Beth” star discussed the Oscars slap again during her own stand-up comedy show at Las Vegas’ Mirage Theatre on April 2. “I don’t even know what to say about the Oscars,” she began.
“Like, I really don’t know what to say. I have no jokes about it,” she continued. “All I can say is that I don’t know if you saw this, but Will Smith slapped Chris Rock. Did you read that in your newsfeed?” She started referring to the “King Richard” actor as “Ali” (as in Muhammed Ali) after Smith portrayed the legendary boxer in the 2001 biopic “Ali.”
“I was kind of feeling myself…and then all of a sudden, Ali was making his way up,” Schumer said. “And it was just a f—ing bummer. All I can say is that it was really sad, and I think it says so much about toxic masculinity. It was really upsetting, but I think the best way to comfort ourselves would be for me to say the Oscar jokes that I wasn’t allowed to say on TV.”
Shortly after the incident, she took to Instagram to say that she felt both triggered and traumatized after the Oscars slap incident. However, that post has since been deleted.