Why Amy Schumer Turned Down 'The Daily Show'

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | June 28, 2015 |


The more news that comes out about who Comedy Central approached to host The Daily Show after Jon Stewart’s departure, the more it seems like they had kind of a rough time finding a replacement. Now Pajiba 10 nominee Amy Schumer has discussed her reaction when they spoke to her about it, saying:

“I thought, ‘Well, I could give everyone I love a job and we could all be together for five years.’ But picturing being in a building and knowing what I was going to do for five years—I love not knowing,”

I think this is smart, the way her career is going I think being open to new opportunities is a good thing for her. She does say that she was “so honored to be asked and considered” and riffs a bit on her projecting a parental relationship onto her work with Comedy Central. I also wonder about why Comedy Central seemed to be pursuing potential hosts with strong career options outside The Daily Show, when Jon Stewart took the job the only thing I can remember him from before is a couple small acting roles and an interview show on MTV. Nowhere near the level of someone like Amy Poehler, Amy Schumer, or other big names who say they were approached. I know that the show has risen in prominence since then, but it still seems like an odd tactic.

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