As reported first last week by New York mag’s Vulture, Comedy Central hopes to have Charlamagne Tha God hosting a weekly talk show on its TV channel before the November elections.
Chris McCarthy (no relation) now runs Comedy Central as ViacomCBS’s head of the media conglomerate’s “Entertainment and Youth Group,” but previously brought Charlamagne to MTV2 a decade ago via Guy Code. He’s now a much bigger player in talk thanks to radio’s “The Breakfast Club.”
“Charlamagne’s voice is very right for today,” McCarthy told Vulture. “It’s fresh and real and resonating in a way that very few can do.”
“Giving me a TV deal, almost ten years ago, didn’t really make any sense,” Charlamagne says. “I was a radio guy. It’s easy to say, ‘You know what? I think Charlamagne Tha God needs a talk show’ now. But almost ten years ago for him to have that vision, that did a lot for me. A lot of my success right now is because of those looks that I got on MTV2 and Viacom at the time. And none of that would’ve happened if it wasn’t for Chris.”
Here he was on The Daily Show, on Comedy Central, back in December 2018: