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When Jon Stewart announced he was leaving The Daily Show, Amy Schumer was one of the names floated as a potential replacement for the Comedy Central show.
Schumer already had a strong relationship with Comedy Central, which also airs her Inside Amy Schumer series.
Now, Schumer tells The Daily Beast that she was offered the Daily Show hosting job but turned it down.
“I was so honored to be asked and considered,” Schumer said of the offer. “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!’”
But when she mulled it over, it didn’t feel like the right fit.
“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,” Schumer said. “And I’ve never done anything safe or to make money for that reason. So, you know, I said, ‘I can’t start now.’”
When Trevor Noah was named as Stewart’s replacement, The Hollywood Reporter addressed the Schumer rumors, noting that her burgeoning film career — Trainwreck, which she wrote and stars in, hits theaters on July 17 — seemed to put a swift end to the possibility of her succeeding Stewart.
Schumer also joked about the lack of female late-night hosts during THR‘s comedy actresses roundtable, joking that the dearth of women on TV at that time is “because we get our periods at night.”
The New York Times reported last weekend that both Amy Poehler and Chris Rock had been approached to replace Stewart. Poehler gave them “the quickest no in history,” The Times reported, while Rock didn’t want to host the show after the 2016 election.
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