Metzger's since-deleted post seemingly placed blame not on the alleged rapist, but criticized the women who accused him, and a culture that immediately believes the accusers (although, according to RAINN, three in a hundred accused rapists will be punished for their crime).
"Guys I have just heard some disturbing news, this guy Jiff Dilfyberg is a rapist! I know because women said it and that's all I need! Never you mind who they are. They are women! ALL women are as reliable as my bible! A book that, much like a women, is incapable of lying," Metzger wrote in the post.
Many called on Schumer to fire Metzger after his remarks, in part because her show and comedy often deal with feminist issues, and because she is a sexual assault survivor herself. Metzger has been criticized for similar statements about rape and women before, and Schumer, who was in Philadelphia Wednesday promoting her new book, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, had defended him until yesterday, calling him a "friend and a great writer":
Then, in a somewhat cryptic tweet, Schumer said that Metzger "isn't a writer" for her show, because "we aren't making the show anymore":
Schumer clarified her statement on Thursday morning, writing on Twitter that Inside Amy Schumer is, in fact, not canceled, but is simply on the back burner due to Schumer's ongoing book tour. Season five for the show has been booked, but won't be made for "the foreseeable future":
Metzger issued an apology of sorts on Wednesday, writing on Facebook that he was "as inflammatory as possible with my language" throughout the ordeal, and that he is not "a 'rape apologist.' "
Metzger clarified further in his post that he became defensive over "feeling deliberately misunderstood" in the situation, and "sincerely apologize[d] for using inflammatory language" to make his points. He also addressed the controversy on a new episode of his Race Wars podcast.