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Why Amy Schumer said no to the 'The Daily Show'

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When Comedy Central replaced Jon Stewart as host of its iconic Daily Show, the network turned to little-known correspondent Trevor Noah to fill the giant void behind the desk. But he wasn’t the first person it held discussions with. 

The New York Times Magazine ran an in-depth feature on the network on June 18. In it, it’s revealed that Comedy Central approached Amy Poehler—who gave a swift “no”—and Chris Rock—he only wanted to run through the 2016 presidential election—to talk about filling Stewart’s chair. But Noah impressed the network brass and was given the keys. “Trevor’s the only person we made an offer to,” president of content and original programming Kent Alterman said to the Times.

A party not mentioned in the Times piece but confirmed Friday was Amy Schumer, according to The Daily Beast. Not only was she a candidate, Schumer said she was offered the gig. The site asked her why she declined succeeding Stewart. 

“I was so honored to be asked and considered,” she told The Daily Beast. “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,” she continued, ” ‘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.’ “

A Schumer-led Daily Show would have given her a platform to continue her acerbic satire, as regularly seen on Inside Amy Schumer. Even though she won’t lead the nightly talk show, there won’t be a Schumer drought in the near future: Trainwreck, the film written by her and directed by Judd Apatow, hits theaters July 17.

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