Amy Schumer Met With Jon Stewart, Declined 'Daily Show' Hosting Gig

Amy Schumer talks passing on The Daily Show

Amy Schumer has steadily worked her way up the comedy circuit for the last few years. Her Comedy Central sketch series Inside Amy Schumer steadily grew in popularity and recognition during its first two seasons. Schumer’s in-your-face approach to feminism (and her honesty about topics like body image and sexuality) sets her apart from many comedians, who shy away from airing their individual feelings about those topics.

2015 has been especially good for Schumer. This season of Inside Amy Schumer has become a lightning rod, generating dozens of stories and links to clips with each new episode (like “12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer”, a star-studded full episode devoted to recreating 12 Angry Men, but with a feminist bent). Schumer also hosted the MTV Movie Awards in April and appeared on an episode of The Bachelorette in May. Next, she’s poised to take over the film world as well with Trainwreck, a romantic comedy directed by Judd Apatow (which Schumer wrote and stars in).

But there’s one place you won’t be seeing Amy Schumer anytime soon - behind the desk of The Daily Show after longtime host Jon Stewart exists in August. Schumer was a contender to replace Stewart, and she recently told Howard Stern (hat tip Salon) that she met with Stewart over pizza, to discuss the possibility of hosting the show. However, as Schumer explained, she decided it wasn’t the right career move for her:

“I really thought about it but it just wasn’t right for me… Just picturing being in the same building every day… I just pictured all of the fittings, like all of the blazers I would have to wear. And I was like, ‘I don’t want to do that... If I heard that I was hosting The Daily Show, I would be like, ‘Give me a f***ing break.’”

Schumer added that she has complete faith in new Daily Show host Trevor Noah, who says he will be “so much better at it than I could’ve ever been.”

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Schumer is clearly one of 2015’s superstar breakouts, both on TV and in movies. It will be exciting to follow her career trajectory, especially if Trainwreck is as successful in practice as it looks to be on paper. Schumer is probably underselling her ability to host The Daily Show, but best to leave that job to someone who really wants it.

It would've been nice to see a woman take Stewart's spot (given just how few women have late-night hosting gigs), but Schumer in particular seems like a comedian better suited to doing her own thing (via stand-up and acting/writing) - rather than working in a more controlled comedy environment (a la delivering jokes behind a desk). Hopefully, Noah’s performance won't leave us wondering what could have been had Schumer taken the Daily Show job instead.

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah premieres on Comedy Central on September 28th, 2015.

Trainwreck opens in U.S. theaters on July 8th, 2015.

Source: Howard Stern [via Salon]

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