Ellen DeGeneres made $20 million to $25 million from her Netflix comedy special “Relatable,” which debuted last December, Variety reported on Tuesday.
Eddie Murphy is returning to stand-up with a new Netflix special next year, he confirmed to The New York Times in September. TMZ first reported in July that he was in talks with the streamer for a $70 million deal. Murphy starred in the Netflix movie “Dolemite Is My Name” this year and recently earned a Golden Globe nomination for his performance.
“I didn’t want to just pop back up,” he told the Times. “I wanted a funny movie to remind them that they liked me. This movie turned out so strong that I figured this is a great way to come back.”
Murphy and DeGeneres follow stand-ups like Amy Schumer, Dave Chappelle, and Chris Rock in netting multimillion-dollar deals from the streaming service.
It should be noted that Netflix has also drawn criticism for under-paying some comics. Comedian Mo’Nique came into a pay dispute with the company in 2017 when they reportedly offered her $500,000 for a special. She sued Netflix last month alleging race and sex discrimination regarding the special.
John Lynch contributed to a previous version of this post.
Here are the six comedians Netflix has paid huge amounts of money:
Amy Schumer — $13 million
Netflix initially offered Amy Schumer $11 million in 2017 for her hourlong “The Leather Special,” but Schumer was reportedly able to use Netflix’s more lucrative deals with Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle as a bargaining chip to receive $13 million for the hour, according to Variety.
Ellen DeGeneres — $20 million to $25 million
DeGeneres made $20 million to $25 million for “Relatable,” which debuted last December, according to Variety. She’s the first female comedian to earn that much for a stand-up special, according to Forbes.
Ricky Gervais — $40 million
Ricky Gervais reportedly told Chortle that he had gotten the highest payday ever for a UK stand-up special for his most recent Netflix special, “Humanity.” Gervais told the outlet that his second special in the deal, which was extended in January, would be worth the same.
Gervais then retweeted a Twitter user who wrote that Gervais had made $40 million from Netflix for the two specials, and referenced being paid $40 million by Netflix in a tweet of his own.
Gervais has also profited from previously released shows that Netflix acquired of his, including “Derek” and “An Idiot Abroad.”
Chris Rock — $40 million
Chris Rock signed a two-special deal with Netflix in 2016 that was worth $40 million in total, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The first of his two specials, “Tamborine,” debuted in February.
Dave Chappelle — $60 million
Netflix paid Dave Chappelle $60 million in 2016 for a three-special deal, according to The New York Post. His first two Netflix specials were released in March 2017. He then surprise released two new specials, “Equanimity” and “The Bird Revelation,” last December. It is unclear if he was paid more for the fourth special.
Jerry Seinfeld — $100 million
Jerry Seinfeld signed an estimated $100 million deal with Netflix in January 2017, The Hollywood Reporter said. The deal included the rights to his interview series “Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee,” as well as two new stand-up specials. The first special, “Jerry Before Seinfeld,” debuted in September 2017.