Trevor Noah: 'There’s Been an Epidemic of Blackness' on The Daily Show Since I Took Over

Norman Weiss
TV Tattle

Trevor Noah: "There’s been an epidemic of blackness” on The Daily Show since I took over

Noah admits there was an unintentional racial “blind spot” under Jon Stewart, which resulted in there being only one black writer on staff. "Since I’ve joined, blackness has tremendously increased at the show,” he says. "There’s been an epidemic of blackness. We’ve added on Baratunde Thurston, who’s heading up our digital division. You’ve got David Kibuuka, who’s from South Africa. You’ve got Joseph Opio, who’s from Uganda. We’ve hired additional women, as well. It’s something that I’m very cognizant of. Because I know how easy it is for a system to unwittingly fall prey to, let’s call it, an institutionalized segregation.”


Stephen Colbert books the CEOs of Netflix, Airbnb and Snapchat

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Ahmed Mohamed visits Larry Wilmore’s Nightly Show

The 14-year-old Texas teen arrested last week after school officials mistook his homemade clock for a bomb will be on tonight’s Nightly Show.


Larry David’s next project will either be a movie or a new Curb Your Enthusiasm season

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Candace Cameron Bure: Fuller House will be “racier” but not “inappropriate” for kids

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15 years later, the reality TV boom is over

Survivor ushered in the reality television boom in summer of 2000 with 52 million watching the first season’s finale. But nowadays, the reality TV fatigue has set in. “Reality seems tired. It seems derivative,” a former network chief who now works in the digital world tells Vulture. “There hasn’t been a really loud, innovative reality show in a while.”


Amy Schumer’s lower back tattoo inspires her book title

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Is Scream Queens racist?

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Black-ish creator: The N-word will be one of many controversial topics will tackle in Season 2

“There’s a lot of stuff that we’re going to cover,” says Kenya Barris, "and I’m scared because you always want to tell good stories and you want to do it in a way to get people talking."


ABC orders an Iraq War U.S. Army Medevac drama from Shonda Rhimes

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Anne Hathaway: I didn’t realize Robert De Niro was joking when he said he loves The Bachelor

In an earlier interview Hathaway quoted an e-mail from De Niro saying “you bet your a** I’m a big Bachelor fan.” Hathaway now tells GMA: “He was being sarcastic and I don’t understand sarcasm in email form and I told the world that he liked The Bachelor. That was such a bad thing to do.”


SNL promotes Kyle Mooney

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Watch Jon Stewart get knocked down by his son while dancing

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Melrose Place alum Josie Bissett to star in Lifetime’s Pregnant At 17

She’ll play a veterinarian who discovers her husband impregnated a 17-year-old girl.


Amy Poehler has sold 3 comedies in the past week

Her production company sold Dumb Prince to NBC last week. This week, she sold Aunt Jill to ABC and Pre-Madonna to NBC.


Fox orders comedy pilot Straight Outta Calabasas

Taking its cue from Straight Outta Compton, the Los Angeles suburban comedy follows a family that feels alienated in their own community.


Watch a compilation of Louis CK hating on cell phones

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Gotham becomes “hideously violent” in the second episode of the season

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