The animator of "The Daily Show," Trevor Noah, has looked at the growing controversy surrounding the actor of "The Empire," Jussie Smollett, while the investigation on the alleged hate crime sought to determine if the star had orchestrated himself the attack.
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Noah began by calling the possibility that Smollett staged his own "alienated" hate crime, but admitted that there was "some part of the story that was still weird".
"Who are the MAGA supporters who hate homosexuals, who hate blacks, but who also look at" Empire? "Asked Noah. "It's like a Klan member buying tickets to see" Fiddler on the Roof. "
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The star of Comedy Central told his audience that Smollett's "strange" story made sense only when he repeated the attack with two Nigerian brothers he had paid for a hoax a few days earlier.
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"If I paid these two to beat me up, I'd also like to train, okay?" Noah said, showing a picture of the brothers. "Look at this picture: how many abs, the guy on the left has he? It looks like he's stolen some abs at the other guy!
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The host of the "Daily Show" then aired an excerpt from Smollett's tearful interview on "Good Morning America," where he hoped Robin Roberts would get caught.
"Either this guy is telling the truth, or he deserves an Emmy for this interview," Noah responded. "Because if all this was just a performance, I did not care what he was lying about, you can not cancel it. He is too good not to be on TV!
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Late last month, Smollett claimed to have been assaulted by two Trump supporters while he was going out for a subway sandwich at 2 am in Chicago during the polar vortex. He stated that he had been beaten, that he called racial and homophobic insults, that he had a rope around his neck and that he had been told that " it is the country of MAGA ".
However, many local reports in Chicago have weakened Smollett's claims since the alleged incident.
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Noah was the only late-night comedian to tackle the scandal that darkens the "Empire" star.