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Amy Schumer pens open letter to Tampa after audience walkouts

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Two days after Amy Schumer called Donald Trump an “orange, sexual-assaulting, fake-college-starting monster” during a performance in Tampa, Florida, the 35-year-old comedian has delivered a spot-on open letter to the audience members who walked out of her Sunday set.

PEOPLE reports the Emmy-winning actress read the letter during her show at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night, referencing the ongoing controversy surrounding her comments on the Republican presidential nominee.

“Dearest Tampa, I’m sorry you didn’t want me, a comedian who talks about what she believes in, to mention the biggest thing going on in our country right now,” she said. “How could I think it was OK to spend five minutes having a peaceful conversation with someone with different views?”

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Schumer invited a Trump supporter onstage to discuss her disapproval of the former Apprentice host’s dangerously impulsive nature. Her comments reportedly prompted several members of the 10,000-strong audience to boo before exiting the city’s Amalie Arena, which Schumer became the first female comedian to ever headline.

“After the show, I want you to know that I will go straight to a rehab facility that will teach me how to make all people happy,” Schumer’s letter continued. “And Tampa, I’m so sorry. I shouldn’t have said that he was an orange, sexual-assaulting, fake-college-starting monster… [I] shouldn’t have said that. I will never again say that he is an orange, sexual-assaulting, fake-college-starting monster!”

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Prior to her Madison Square Garden tour stop, Schumer captioned an Instagram photo with a promise that her New York City set would be “squeaky clean.”

On Monday, Schumer told EW in a statement that she enjoyed performing in Tampa, where she also spent time trying to register people to vote in the Nov. 8 election, and thanked her loyal fans who stayed for the remainder of her show. “I loved the crowd and my show in Tampa last night! I want to thank the 8,400 people who stayed. We had a great time!” the statement read. “We have always depended on comedians to make us laugh and tell the truth. I am proud to continue that tradition.”

Schumer’s 2016 comedy tour continues Thursday, Oct. 20 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, before wrapping on Dec. 31 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Watch Schumer discuss her views on Trump with a Floridian audience member in the video above.