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Here's Why Amy Schumer Turned Down Hosting "The Daily Show"

Here's Why Amy Schumer Turned Down Hosting "The Daily Show"

By Melissa Locker

She said no, but just imagine what could have been.

When Jon Stewart announced that he was leaving "The Daily Show," people immediately started batting around names of potential hosts, including Chris Rock and Amy Poehler. While Poehler reportedly gave “the quickest no in history” to the job offer, Comedy Central also reached out to another Amy entirely — Amy Schumer.

The comedian, Kimye fan, and "Trainwreck" actress was asked to take a seat behind the desk, but she turned down the job.

While Schumer has her own show on Comedy Central, the delightfully insane "Inside Amy Schumer," she was still thrilled to be asked by her home network to consider stepping into Stewart's shoes. "I was so honored to be asked and considered," Schumer told The Daily Beast 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!'"

While the idea of Schumer taking on the 2016 U.S. presidential race or the Greek economic crisis sounds like a comedy fan's daydream, ultimately, she didn't feel like the political-leaning comedy show was the right fit for her life or career.

"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.'"

While we drown our sorrows in plus-sized wineglasses over what could have been the glory of Schumer taking down a Republican-lead Congress or going tete-a-tete with Fox News, at least we'll always have her take on 12 Angry Men and rape culture to get us through the long nights.

In March, Comedy Central appointed a relatively unknown comic, Trevor Noah, as Stewart's replacement, who The New York Times writes "was a favorite of Stewart's, and . . . won the network over.'"

Noah will take over "The Daily Show" in September, while Schumer is taking over the world, now.

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Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow on Stand-up, Sex, and Other "Serious" Stuff 

Photo Credit: Robin Marchant/Getty Images for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival