Why Amy Schumer Turned Down 'The Daily Show'
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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