For more than two decades, Jen Flanz has been a showrunner and executive producer of “The Daily Show.” Flanz recently spoke to The Hollywood Reporter, where she discussed various topics, one being the transition from long-time host Jon Stewart to Trevor Noah.
In 1999, Stewart began hosting the daily program before departing in 2015. Over the last six years, Noah has taken the reigns as host, and Flanz opened up about that experience and gave credit to Stewart for helping in the transition.
“I cannot take full credit. I think it was Jon who said when he was leaving, “Let’s not find another me; let’s do something very different.” We had already had Trevor on the show as a contributor, and I’d helped with finding him for that,” Flanz said.
“He was very much the same work ethic and empathy and management styles, but very different in appearance and point of view and background.”
Flanz stated how with Noah coming in as the new host, she was excited to have a different voice to present new stories and have someone deliver them with their unique style.
“So it was exciting to be able to tell all these new stories in a new way with a new voice, and obviously, it’s really interesting where the world’s gone,” Flanz said.
“Especially in the last year, because the things we’ve been talking about for the past almost six years of Trevor doing The Daily Show are things that became really, really important in the national conversation. Everybody is tuning in to listen to what Trevor has to say about it.”
Hosts of ‘The View’ Defend Joe Rogan But Want Spotify To Police Their Platform
“He’s got 11 million listeners, he’s got a $100 million contract, as of 2020, but I do think, as the podcast platform, you have to have some sort of guidelines.”
Joe Rogan has received support from an unlikely source. The hosts of ‘The View’, Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg, Sunny Hostin and Sara Hines were in agreement, Rogan’s podcast should not be removed by Spotify.
The discussion about Rogan’s future on Spotify’s platform has come into focus again after rock musician Neil Young demanded that his music catalog be removed by Spotify. Young is upset with what he believes is vaccine misinformation being spread by Rogan on his podcast. The rock legend issued a statement the other day, which has since been deleted: “They can have Rogan or Young. Not Both.”
Behar acknowledged she thinks Rogan is a ‘horror’ but removing his podcast isn’t the way to solve the problem. Behar said the way to counter Rogan’s type of speech is by adding more speech or by boycotting the program.
The conversation came up during the show’s ‘Hot Topics’ segment when the hosts reacted to Howard Stern’s defense of Rogan. Though he admitted he’s not friendly with the podcast host, Stern said he doesn’t want to see Rogan cancelled.
Behar applauded Young for taking a stand, and wondered if other musicians would adopt similar positions, calling the situation ‘consequence culture, not cancel culture’. Part of the consequence she said would be to punish Spotify by not using their platform as a result for allowing Rogan to operate as he sees fit.
“I’m not saying that Joe Rogan should be removed from Spotify,” added host Sunny Hostin. “He’s got 11 million listeners, he’s got a $100 million contract, as of 2020, but I do think, as the podcast platform, you have to have some sort of guidelines. How about a disclaimer on his podcast, that says ‘This is misinformation.’ How about removing some of the podcasts that disseminate this misinformation?”
Fellow host Sara Haines then pointed out to her colleagues that Spotify has in fact done that. Last April the company removed over 40 episodes of Rogan’s podcast from its platform.
Haines continued by adding “People are hungry for conversations. He has a 3-hour conversation with his guests, and he does bring on opposing views. He doesn’t see that as ‘platforming them’. I think people are hungry to have open conversations, disagreements, debates, and they don’t want to be told how to feel about it.”
Hostin followed up by pointing out that the hosts of ‘The View’ are held to an ABC News standard because of who they work for, and after citing examples of Rogan’s speech being uncomfortable, she challenged Spotify to do a better job of policing its people and platform.
The segment ended with Behar asking “when it’s hateful speech, is that equivalent to yelling fire in a crowded theater?” She explained that doing so is dangerous, people aren’t supposed to do it, to which Goldberg added “but there isn’t any law against it.” The group wrapped up the discussion by agreeing that Rogan should be allowed to speak freely but Spotify needs to do a better job of making sure those listening are aware that not everything mentioned is factual.
Jessica Rodríguez Named New “Despierta América” Co-host
Rodríguez is transitioning from her reporter and producer position
Univision’s morning program “Despierta América” has a new co-host joining the show. The network announced that Jessica Rodríguez will help take over the role.
Rodríguez is transitioning from her reporter and producer position for Univision’s Daytime Emmy Award-winning morning show, where she hosted the popular daily feature’ Revoltillo Digital’ (Digital Scramble).
“Jessica Rodríguez is a young, dedicated, and courageous journalist who represents a generation of immigrants who grew up in the United States watching ‘Despierta América.’ I am proud that she is now joining ‘Despierta América.’ as a host,” Luz María Doria, vice-president and executive producer Despierta América, said.
During Rodríguez’s time as a reporter and producer at “Despierta América,” the two-time Emmy Award winner has executed interviews with high-profile stars, including Mark Wahlberg, Whoopi Goldberg, Ryan Reynolds, The Rock, etc.
Rodríguez joins Karla Martínez, Alan Tacher, Satcha Pretto, Carlos Calderón, Raúl González, and Francisca Lachapel live Monday through Friday at 7 am ET/PT.
Report: Jeff Zucker Approached Gayle King About Joining CNN
Zucker recently approached the agents for King regarding the possibility of her taking over the network’s 9 p.m. ET hour.
“CBS Mornings” Gayle King will see her contract with the network this year, and although she’s reportedly keen on staying with the company, no public announcement has been made about her staying with CBS.
Furthermore, The New York Times’ John Koblin and Michael Grynbaum report that WarnerMedia Sports & News chairman Jeff Zucker recently approached the agents for King regarding the possibility of her taking over the network’s 9 p.m. ET hour.
The time slot belonged to Chris Cuomo, who CNN fired for assisting with the efforts of his brother, former New York Andrew M. Cuomo, to fend off sexual harassment allegations.
“Zucker is turning to a strategy honed during his days as the executive producer of NBC’s “Today” show in the 1990s, mixing hard news with a heavy dose of lifestyle coverage and tips on how to bake a pear cobbler,” Koblin and Grynbaum write.
This isn’t the first time Zucker has tried to pluck a top talent from a rival network in the past. For example, he reportedly approached MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow last fall with a $20 million yearly proposal to join the network’s soon-to-launch streaming service CNN+.
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