Hasan Minhaj reportedly was the front runner for ‘The Daily Show’ host instead of Jon Stewart
The Daily Show has a new host, and it’s Jon Stewart. But if all things had been smooth, then his spot would reportedly fall to Hasan Minhaj.
Reports suggest the Netflix’s Patriot Act star was nearly selected for the leading post; however, the critical The New Yorker report threw a spanner in the works.
Multiple insiders confided to The Hollywood Reporter that the 38-year-old was inches away from becoming the successor of previous host Trevor Noah by late summer.
But, at the time, the US magazine published an explosive article claiming Hasan had exaggerated and occasionally made up autobiographical details of his stand-up set.
In reaction, the comedian called the story “needlessly misleading.” However, the attitudes toward him tilted against him as he was seen as a liability, and the search for the host restarted.
Celebrating Jon’s arrival, CEO Showtime Chris McCarthy said, “Jon Stewart is the voice of our generation, and we are honored to have him return to Comedy Central’s The Daily Show to help us all make sense of the insanity and division roiling the country as we enter the election season.”