Rockville Centre-raised Amy Schumer has explained to actor Penn Badgley why she cut short her employment of his wife, doula Domino Kirke, whom Schumer had publicly praised for her help throughout the comedy star's highly difficult pregnancy.
"I feel like I know you because your wife helped bring my son into this world," Schumer, 41, who had never formally met Badgley, said on the Wednesday episode of "Podcrushed," his podcast with co-hosts Nava Kavelin and Sophie Ansari. Badgley, 35, star of the Netflix series "You," had noted affably that Kirke appears in Schumer's 2020 HBO Max miniseries "Expecting Amy," which chronicled Schumer's struggles with hyperemesis gravidarum.
"I was so sick. Like, I was so sick the whole time," Emmy Award winner Schumer told Badgley of the extreme form of morning sickness that frequently hospitalizes the estimated 0.5 to 2% of pregnant women experiencing it, according to the National Organization for Rare Disorders. "It was so dark. I was just hospitalized all the time, could not stop vomiting."
In an Instagram post a week after her and husband Chris Fischer's son, Gene, was born in May 2019, Schumer had thanked Kirke, co-founder of the Brooklyn-based Carriage House Birth, saying, "What she did was make me and Chris feel totally secure and supported throughout my pregnancy and the birth process."
On the podcast, Schumer explained that, "Domino and I are due to have a conversation, because we were going to work together longer after I had Gene, and I kind of suddenly was, like, I'm good and I don't need a postpartum doula anymore. … The truth was, and this is pretty unfair to her, after I had Gene and I was recovering from a C-section," she began, stopping midsentence.
"Domino is, like, a goddess," she then picked up. "Like, she's an actual floating siren around the house. … And she's so, like, just lovely and when she touches you, you just kind of melt. And she was really a family member. And I just … felt so vulnerable that I was, like, 'I can't have this Botticelli ... goddess floating around my home when I am, like, bleeding out.' And I just didn't have the strength to allow myself the luxury of having her around our home. I was, like, 'I think you can't come anymore,' " she concluded with a chuckle.
"That's fair," replied former "Gossip Girl" star Badgley. Neither he nor Kirke have commented publicly on the explanation. The two have their own children: son James, 22 months, as well as a son, Cassius, from Kirke's previous relationship with musician Morgan O'Kane.