Leslie Jones, a comedian, was first up after Trevor Noah left the celebrated late-night program The Daily Show. The temporary substitutes were introduced as an “all-star rooster” in December. They include Hasan Minhaj, a fan favorite and former Daily Show regular, and notable stand-up comedians and actors, including D.L. Hughley, John Leguizamo, Kal Penn, Marlon Wayans, and former late-night hosts Chelsea Handler and Wanda Sykes.
Leslie Jones, a former Saturday Night Live (SNL) cast member, took the stage first and addressed several American political issues during her debut. Jones highlighted the contentious Hank Willis Thomas memorial statue of the late civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. at her debut. The figure has been referred to as “awkward” by others. However, the iconic image of King hugging his wife, Coretta Scott King, after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 is recreated in this painting.
According to The Washington Post, the artwork is a 20-foot-tall (6-meter) bronze sculpture called “The Embrace.” The statue has received a mixed response; Jones made fun of the fact that it looked like a penis.
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Jones’s debut episode received many positive reviews, although not everyone liked it. Morris Chestnut, a seasoned actor, was Jones’s first visitor. The Daily Show, with a lead, is expected to debut in September 2023, according to Vulture, although the showrunners aren’t in a rush to find a successor right away.