Amy Schumer Talks More About 'Daily Show' Offer: Pizza With Jon Stewart and Visions of Blazers
And why she turned it down: "I'm going to bet on myself that I can do more."
Amy Schumer recently revealed that she was asked to replace outgoing Daily Show host Jon Stewart but turned it down because the job felt too safe.
On Tuesday's Howard Stern Show on SiriusXM, Schumer opened up more about what considering Comedy Central's offer entailed, why she said no and whether she would have been the right person for the job.
Schumer confirmed that the network, which airs Inside Amy Schumer, reached out to her. As she thought about it, she said, she "hung out with Jon Stewart a little bit…[and] took a couple meetings."
She explained to Stern that "hang[ing] out" with Stewart meant, "We had a piece of pizza and talked about the possibility of me hosting."
As she considered it further, she started to envision what life as Daily Show host would have been like, seeing it as both secure and kind of stifling.
"I was kind of fantasizing about like, 'Oh, my brother and my whole family can work there and everyone will get paid well and we'll have this little commune'…and I just pictured all the fittings, like all the blazers I would have to wear," she said. "And I was like, 'I don't want to have to do that.'"
Beyond the job being a safe choice, Schumer said if she took it, she "really felt like I would be betting against myself."
"Like, this way, 'I'm secure and I know I'll make this and I know I'll have this job,' but I'm like, 'No, I'm going to bet on myself that I can do more.' "
Although she revealed that she is a political person in her private life, she agrees with Stern that hosting the show would not have been good for her.
"I think if I heard that I was hosting The Daily Show, I would be like, 'Oh, give me a f—ing break,' " she said, later adding, "Trevor [Noah] will be so much better at it than I could have ever been."
Listen to the audio from Stern's interview with Schumer below.