The fifth season of “Inside Amy Schumer” won’t be coming to Comedy Central any time soon, but the show’s creator said on Thursday that it isn’t canceled.
The clarification from comedian Amy Schumer follows her tweet on Wednesday that “we aren’t making a show anymore.”
Schumer said on Twitter that she will be performing stand-up and focusing more on writing “for the next year at least.” Her show is slated for a fifth season, “but not in the foreseeable future.”
The comedian also thanked the network for giving her “time to work on other projects.” Her book “The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo” came out this week.
A spokeswoman for the Comedy Central show did not immediately return The Post’s inquiry.
This revelation comes after the fallout over Kurt Metzger, a New York City comedian and “Inside Amy Schumer” writer, and his comments regarding rape and sexual assault victims that sparked outrage online and among some comedians in the New York scene.
As his Facebook posts gained more attention, people began asking Schumer on Twitter whether Metzger still wrote on her show.
She responded, “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.”
“Kurt does not work for me. He is not a writer on my show,” she tweeted. “Please stop asking me about it. His words are not mine.”
Many wondered if this meant Metzger had been fired, either previously or in light of his recent comments.
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
Back in January, Comedy Central in renewed “Inside Amy Schumer” for a fifth season to premiere in 2017. The network announced in March that it also picked up two other projects from Schumer, including a pilot she is producing with “Inside Amy Schumer” talent.
Few sketch shows last more than a handful of seasons, in part because the comics use the show to make a name for themselves before moving on to bigger projects. “Key & Peele” aired for five seasons, with Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele saying they ended the show becayse they wanted to “explore other things, together and apart.”
Sometimes the format of a sketch show runs its course. Nick Kroll ended his “Kroll Show” after just three seasons, explaining to Vulture that the series reached its natural conclusion: “As opposed to stringing out more seasons, we wanted to feel like we were going out with the best work that we’ve done.”
In May, Viacom music and entertainment group president Doug Herzog said it’s unclear whether “Inside Amy Schumer” would be renewed beyond a fifth season.
“Amy’s immediately viable movie career is something that she’s going to be pretty focused on going forward,” Herzong told Variety. “That’s one of the things in developing stars — they create other opportunities for themselves and we have to figure out how to work around it. But she’s got a lot on her plate right now.”
Fans might worry that “Inside Amy Schumer” will end up like the FX series “Louie,” which has been on an extended hiatus since May 2015 with no end in sight. Louis C.K. has been performing standup and working on his other series, the self-financed “Horace and Pete,” which he ended after one season.
The comedian has a multi-year, exclusive development deal with FX, so more work could come from C.K. on the network. But the prospects for “Louie” to return, at least as it once was, are not rosy.
“I think the guy that I played on the show — the just-divorced kinda underwater dad/struggling New York comic — I don’t think I have stories for that guy anymore,” C.K. said on a Hollywood Reporter podcast in May.
He continued: “But the show is autobiographical, so what [FX president and general manager] John Landgraf and I have always thought is that it may come back with a different set of stories from a different angle a little further down the road.”
So, keep waiting.