I’ve been trying not to think about how Trevor Noah will replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. While the first rush of press around Noah was “yay, someone new and fresh and South African,” the second-take has been more “whoa, he’s pretty sexist, he favors Don Rickles-type shtick humor and he probably stole those jokes anyway.” So many of us have been thinking about what might have been, if The Daily Show had gone with a replacement host who was more of a known and beloved quantity. The names being tossed around: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, even Amy Schumer. Well, as it turns out, TDS outright offered the gig to two of those women.
In a New York Times Magazine profile of the network that was published over the weekend, it was revealed that Comedy Central had approached Saturday Night Live and Parks and Recreation vet Amy Poehler to host—apparently the fastest “no” they’d ever received—as well as Chris Rock, who reportedly only wished to do it for one year. Comedy Central brass eventually settled on Trevor Noah, an up-and-coming stand-up comedian from South Africa, to fill Stewart’s very large shoes.
Well, The Daily Beast can now report that Amy Schumer, who has her own incredibly popular (and brilliant) program Inside Amy Schumer on Comedy Central, was offered The Daily Show chair as well, but after giving it some thought, decided to turn it down.
“Yes,” Schumer told The Daily Beast when asked whether she was offered the job of host of The Daily Show.
“I was so honored to be asked and considered. With Comedy Central, I project so much ‘You’re my parents!’ on the network and the people that run it, so them saying, ‘We believe in you and trust that you can do this,’ I thought, ‘Oh my god, thank you!’ And then 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. And I’ve never done anything safe or to make money for that reason. So, you know, I said, ‘I can’t start now.’”
I think that’s actually pretty baller for Amy Schumer to go with the unknown rather than a steady, paying gig that she actually would have been good at. It does feel like Schumer is on the cusp of something bigger – everyone is crazy about her Comedy Central show and she has her first starring vehicle film coming out soon – Trainwreck, directed by Judd Apatow, and it looks seriously funny. But if Trainwreck bombs and her Comedy Central show falls from grace, Schumer might regret not taking The Daily Show gig. Sigh…
Meanwhile, Schumer recently spoke to People Magazine about all of the stuff she’s been talking about recently on her show – aging, sexism, body image, etc. She tells People: “It’s very therapeutic for me to be like, ‘Yes, I’m not going to look like a malnourished bird,’ and I like speaking to that, as well as speaking to my work and what I’m doing.” I like that she doesn’t look like a malnourished bird too. God, I hope Trainwreck is successful. I also hope Trevor Noah doesn’t last long on TDS.
Here’s the redband trailer for Trainwreck. NSFW language and dude-butt.
Photos courtesy of WENN.