Charlamagne Tha God is making moves. On July 7, The Breakfast Club co-host announced he landed a new gig at Comedy Central as a weekly talk show host. According to Vulture, the half-hour segments will focus on current events and cultural issues.
Charlamagne celebrated his victory with an Instagram post, writing, “GOD really is great to me. Blessed, Black, and Highly Favored Forever. Thank You @comedycentral.”
The deal with Comedy Central reunites Charlamagne with Chris McCarthy, president of the Entertainment and Youth Group at Comedy Central parent company ViacomCBS. The duo first worked together nearly a decade ago, when the exec ran MTV2 and Charlamagne was a regular on the network’s breakout hit Guy Code. Charlamagne later went on to host two talk shows for the network, Charlamagne & Friends and Uncommon Sense. McCarthy, who revealed his deal with Charlamagne Tuesday in a story about his larger effort to reinvent Comedy Central as a multiplatform brand, said he was glad to be back in business with his longtime friend. “Charlamagne’s voice is very right for today,” he said. “It’s fresh and real and resonating in a way that very few can do.”
Charlamagne told Vulture that while the main focus on the show will be “talking about the issues that are going on in the world” through his point of view, there will also be guests and interviews. But as with The Breakfast Club, he is promising the conversations won’t feel like a typical TV talker. “You have a lot of people on these news shows and these talk shows who do a lot of asking answers, instead of asking questions,” he says. “Meaning, like they’ll say things like, ‘Is coronavirus a global pandemic?’ Duh. You know what I’m saying? Or, ‘Is Donald Trump doing a good job?’ Uh, no. Like don’t leave any room for something to be manipulated. I’m not in the business of asking answers. I’m in the business of asking the tough questions, and getting actual statements on how I see the world. And you can choose to agree or disagree. But a conversation will be started.”