Why Are There No Females Hosting Late Night TV?
Yesterday, we were all about Trevor Noah. Today, not so much. Maybe his accent’s starting to wear on you, maybe you’ve been put off by his sexist and anti-Semitic tweets, or maybe you just think he takes too many selfies to ever be taken seriously as a “fake news” anchor. Whatever the reason, it’s safe to say that Americans are over Trevor Noah.
After Stewart announced he was leaving ‘The Daily Show’ last month, the Internet immediately started buzzing about who Comedy Central would get to replace him. Stewart’s past correspondents Steven Colbert and John Oliver already had their own deals, and as it turned out, so did Samantha Bee and Wyatt Cenac. It seemed like every day new potential hosts were thrown out in the morning, only to be given right back to us in a few hours time. Nobody was in talks to replace Stewart.
However, as it turns out, there were three names we never thought to consider. According to Grantland’s editor in chief Bill Simmons, Amy Poehler, Amy Schumer, and Louis C.K. were all being considered for the job. Understandably, none of them jumped for the bait. Louis C.K. has his own show and an incredibly busy schedule as America’s favorite comic, Amy Poehler is a TV star and currently filming a movie where she and Tina Fey play estranged sisters, and Amy Schumer is making a name for herself by doing her own thing (although Simmons probably has a point that had Schumer been approached last year, things may have been different).
Still, Comedy Central’s recent appointment continues the trend of late night TV hosts being exclusively male. To date, the only women to have ever hosted a late night television show are Joan Rivers and Chelsea Handler. The jig’s up, late night. We know there are eligible female candidates for the jobs. You just don’t want to hire them.