"By now, actor Jussie Smollett," Trevor Noah announced to be angry from his audience.
On Monday night, The Daily Show host became the first in late night to tackle the bizarre Smollett case in-depth — one that started with Smollett's claim that he was attacked by a pair of racist, homophobic Trump supporters on the streets of Chicago who, after recognition that he was the black gay actor on Empire assaulted him, poured bleach on him, tied to his neck, and yelled, "This is MAGA country," and now is said to be a hoax.
"Now it seems maybe there is a lot more to the story," Noah explained. "That's right: the police now believe Smollett staged his own attack ̵
Indeed, the most recent reports suggest that Smollett staged the Jan. 29 attack, paying the two but $ 3,500 help, after a racist letter with a mysterious white powder he received on the Empire did not get a big enough reaction from the media.
"So now it's reported that Jussie Smollett paid a couple of guys to fake this attack. But who'd accept money to do such a thing? These guys, "offered Noah, before throwing a news report on the Nigerian brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, the but allegedly paid at Smollett. Served as a background actor on Empire while Abimbola is reportedly Smollett's personal trainer.
“Hold up, wait… so Smollett's Nigerian personal trainer is one of the guys who beat him up? That doesn't make sense – unless his trainer was just pissed off that Smollett was eating subway, ”Noah joked. “This story is so weird. I don't care who you are, this is a story, because now they're saying Jussie rehearsed the attack a few days before it happened. And look, I'm not going to be that one part of the story that actually makes sense to me, because if I was paying these two to beat me up, then threw to a picture of the men's shirtless, flaunting their abs— “I would want to practice too.”
Noah continued: “So in the public eye, this story has moved from a hate crime against a popular TV actor to a giant hoax at a popular TV actor, but Smollett still insists there was 'no collusion.' ”
The comedian then played a clip from Smollett's interview with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America where the actor was while describing the" attack, "and speculated that the Perpetrators would probably never be found.
"OK," said Noah, "either this guy's count the truth, or he deserves an Emmy for that interview, because if all of that is just a performance, I don't care what he's lying about, you can" Don't cancel him. He's just too good to not be on TV. ”