Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef has been chosen to host the 2015 International Emmy Awards Gala in New York City in November of this year, according to the AP.
Bassem Youssef ended his Satire TV show "Al-Bernameg" (The Program) in Egypt after the election of now president Abdel Fattal el-Sisi for “security reasons” and said he does not wish to work while in fear over his safety and that of the crew working with him.
Bruce L. Paisner, head of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, said in a statement on Monday that Youssef "has been dubbed the Jon Stewart of the Arab world but in fact his talent has no borders."
Jon Stewart had Youssef as a guest host in ‘Comedy Central’s The Daily Show’ many times, most recent of which was in April. Youssef told Stewart during the show that if Comedy Central was looking for a younger, good looking African satirist, he was all available, in reference for Stewart’s replacement, South African Comedian Trevor Noah.
Youssef is a resident fellow this spring at the Harvard Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. He says that as the first International Emmy Awards host from the Middle East, he hopes to spotlight "the vibrant entertainment industry" in his region.