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Dec 02 2015

The Daily Late Nightly Show (Star Wars)

The New Guy

Yeah, so Chris Brown was a bigger deal than I thought.

Mutiny at “The Daily Show”: Chris Brown bait-and-switch casts doubt on Trevor Noah’s hosting chops
by Sonia Saraiya, Salon
Wednesday, Dec 2, 2015 03:41 PM EST

Last night, R&B artist Chris Brown was bumped from a scheduled appearance on “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah,” without any explanation from the show, and replaced with musician and actor Nick Cannon, who currently appears in Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq.” Brown’s booking on the show had already stirred up a fair amount of controversy—an unspecified number (“several”) of “Daily Show” writers told the Daily Beast earlier this week that Brown’s scheduled appearance had caused “concern” around the office.

Chris Brown is infamous for violently assaulting his then-girlfriend, the pop singer Rihanna, and then pleading guilty to it in 2009. The graphic evidence of that assault was quickly published by gossip rag TMZ—and was the subject of a tweeted joke by Noah that same year. The inference of the wider critical community is that Noah would whiff the interview, either by making an inappropriate joke or not directly confronting Brown about domestic abuse. That opinion might even be shared by some of the staff, though the Daily Beast article doesn’t clarify who the “some” are who “feel Noah might not be well-equipped to conduct a tough interview.”

Today, Comedy Central’s press representatives emailed me a statement from the network: “Guest bookings are always subject to change. The show hopes to reschedule Chris for a future appearance.” I could not get a statement on why the lineup change was not announced on-air, or if the change in scheduling was related to the Daily Beast article.

It appears that, just two months into his run as “Daily Show” host, Noah may have inspired a minor staff mutiny—one that appears to have influenced a major booking change, complaints from staffers to the press, and a public-relations kerfuffle for the network, as it struggles to hold onto its edginess while maintaining some semblance of transparency. This staff-driven story is an uncommon expression of dissatisfaction on a late-night comedy show—these types of conflicts typically get aired out years later in oral histories, magazine profiles or a platform like Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast, a la Wyatt Cenac’s interview about his time at “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.”

Further complicating matters in this issue of interviewing controversial figures is the fact that Noah is not a particularly seasoned interviewer or host—and as he told NPR’s Linda Holmes this week, he did not expect either the scrutiny or the reporting chops required for the hosting position. “I had no clue how big this show was… if I had known, I would not have been so confident signing on.”

Trevor’s guests this week-

Mr. Continuity

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  1. ek hornbeck

    Vent Hole

  2. ek hornbeck

    We race

  3. ek hornbeck

    Amazon Drone Bombs

  4. BobbyK

    Anonymous

  5. ek hornbeck

    Yeah, don’t piss off Anonymous

  6. TMC

    Let’s arm a stadium full of drunken football fans. Genius

  7. ek hornbeck

    I’m sorry is like the theme. I’m sorry.

  8. ek hornbeck

    Yeah, that wasn’t about anything he talked about at all. That was about the Chris Brown thing.

  9. ek hornbeck

    Jordan Klepper

  10. ek hornbeck

    GMO Salmon

  11. BobbyK

    Well done star wars sound effects. Considering lack of movie clips.

    I’m not buying into the Trevor sucks compared to Stewart line. I never thought Jon was that strong. Jon certainly blew em plenty of nights. I remember a lot of false equivalents bull shit. To my mind Trevor is no worse. I always thought The Colbert Report was the stronger show.

  12. TMC

    Larry! Larry! LARRY!!!!

  13. ek hornbeck

    MOZ

  14. TMC

    Larry opens with a message about the San Bernadino shooting.

  15. TMC

    Corruption Junction in Chicago

  16. ek hornbeck

    Corruption Junction

  17. BobbyK

    Cover Up

  18. TMC

    Cops were caught on the internal security cameras committing the deed

  19. BobbyK

    Cover Up Cover Up

  20. BobbyK

    Caw Caw

  21. ek hornbeck

    Spike keeping it 100

  22. BobbyK

    Larry’s show keeps getting better.

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