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Amy Schumer Donated $15K Oscars Earnings To Planned Parenthood And Swears She Didn’t Steal That DiCaprio Joke From Twitter
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Amy Schumer said she didn’t steal the joke about Leonardo DiCaprio from Twitter. 

Social media was buzzing following her hosting gig at the 2022 Oscars and not just because of Will Smith slapping Chris Rock. Eagle-eyed Twitter users noticed that one of Schumer’s jokes went viral on Twitter in December, leading them to question if the 40-year-old comedian had stolen it.

“Leonardo DiCaprio is so passionate about climate change because he wants to leave a better word for his girlfriends,” user Pjörk shared, making fun of how the actor dates much younger women.

The Oscars host told an incredibly similar joke at the Academy Awards when she said, “[DiCaprio] has done so much to fight climate change and leave behind a cleaner, greener planet for his girlfriends.”

Schumer addressed the controversy during an appearance on “Watch What Happens Live” this week.

“OK. Well, I would like to say, I haven’t personally been on Twitter,” the actress replied after being asked about stealing the joke. “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 went on to say she had taken a lie detector test from Vanity Fair, which included a question about stealing jokes. “… [T]hey asked me, thank God, ‘Have you ever stolen a joke?’ and I said no, and it was ‘that’s true.’ So, everybody just chill. It’s crazy. I’m funny enough, I don’t need to steal s***.”

Schumer discussed other topics from the Oscars, including the revelation that she donated her $15,000 earning from the hosting gig to Planned Parenthood, Variety reported. The actress, who is a distant cousin of Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), is an outspoken advocate for Planned Parenthood and abortion access. 

In December, she shared a photo on Instagram and wrote in the caption, “What are they gonna do when their white privileged sons get a girl pregnant at the IV leagues they cheated them into? This is why I got arrested to try and stop [K]avanaugh confirmation while I was pregnant. Are girls going to only apply for colleges on states where [t]hey will have access to reproductive rights? @plannedparenthood is where people get birth control and cancer screenings. This is f***ing sick. Fight fight fight.”

On “WWHL,” the comedian also weighed in on the infamous slap, saying she and others were “floored” when Smith won Best Actor following the altercation.

“I’ll just say: I was backstage, and I knew I had to go out … and it really felt like the Situation Room of comedy,” she explained to host Andy Cohen. “We were all just watching the monitor, and then he won … Everyone was just kind of floored—the whole thing. And I was just thinking, what am I going to do when I go out there?”

Schumer also said Louis C.K.’s win at the Grammys shortly after didn’t “feel good” either. 

“I don’t think it feels good,” Schumer said of the canceled comedian’s win following allegations of sexual assault in the #MeToo era. “It doesn’t feel good. I think it doesn’t feel good.”

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