Comedy Central is expanding its search for Trevor Noah’s successor on The Daily Show.
While the comedian Hasan Minhaj I mentioned it at the beginning As the front-runner for the hosting job, Variety is now reporting Comedy Central’s parent company, Paramount Global, is actively considering other talent amid the fallout from a New Yorker article that found Minhaj had stretched the truth in some of his routines.
in Reply to The New Yorker, Minhaj admitted to embellishing several supposedly autobiographical tales about Islamophobia, but claimed the stories revealed “emotional truths.”
Noah left “The Daily Show” in 2022. Since then, the popular late-night TV show has featured a roster of different comics serving as hosts, including Minhaj, Chelsea Handler, Leslie Jones, Al Franken, Kal Penn, Marlon Wayans and Sarah Silverman , as well as longtime contributors Roy Wood Jr., Daisy Ledych, and Jordan Klepper.
According to Variety, Minhaj is still in the running for the role, but Comedy Central is taking a closer look at audience research to gauge which new interim hosts have been successful.
This casting dilemma comes as the satirical news show prepares to return to the studio after a five-month hiatus due to the Writers Guild of America strikes. Hollywood writers will work again after reaching an agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers that guarantees residual pay increases, more transparency around streaming numbers, improved hiring and guardrails around the use of artificial intelligence.
Following the New Yorker platform report Defend your story In a statement to Variety magazine.
“All my stand-up stories are based on events that happened to me,” he said.
“Yes, I was rejected from going to the party because of my race,” Minhaj added. “Yes, a letter containing powder was sent to my apartment and almost hurt my daughter. Yes, I interacted with law enforcement during the War on Terror.”
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