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Chris Rock signs $40M Netflix deal for comedy specials, report says

Chris Rock, host of the 2014 BET Awards

Chris Rock, host of the 2014 BET Awards in L.A., is heading back to the stage for stand-up. Photo Credit: Getty Images for BET / Kevin Winter

Comedian Chris Rock is about to make some serious money.

After an eight-year absence from doing stand-up, Rock has inked a deal with Netflix to do two comedy specials for a $40 million payday, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The Emmy-winning performer will reportedly receive $20 million per special, which is believed to be more than such high-profile comics as Jerry Seinfeld and Amy Schumer have been paid.

Rock’s first special is slated to tape sometime in 2017, after he wraps a world tour that is still being planned. No premiere dates have been set for either special.

In a statement made upon the announcement, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said, “Chris Rock is a beloved actor and director, and his remarkable stand-up makes him comic royalty. There is no one like him, and Netflix offers the global platform and creative freedom that will serve as a perfect home for someone with his incredible talent.”

In recent years, Rock, who shot to stardom as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live” in the early 1990s, has focused his career on movies (the two “Grown Ups” films) and television, including a guest spot earlier this year on Fox’s “Empire.” He also hosted the Academy Awards in February, directed HBO’s comedy special “Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo” and appeared in the Netflix holiday special “A Very Murray Christmas” starring Bill Murray.


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