"The Daily Show" host tries to make sense of the twisting story of an alleged attack against the "Empire" star that may yet prove to be an attack staged by the actor.
Unarguably, one of the most bizarre stories to emerge in the recent entertainment news cycle is the ongoing sordid tale of the alleged attack on "Empire" star Jussie Smollett, but Trevor Noah thinks it just prove what a great talent he is.
Was Smollett attacked by two white men who shouted "This is MAGA country" as they threw racial and homophobic slurs at him, tossed a rope around his neck and poured bleach on him? Or was the whole thing a staged attack by Smollett? And why is Noah the first late-night host to tackle this sordid saga that's been unfolding for a while now?
The truth remains elusive at this time as police continue their investigation -- not into late-night television -- as covered extensively by TMZ. But "The Daily Show" host thinks there's one huge detail about Smollett's story that's been fishy from the start.
"Who are the MAGA supporters who hate gay people, who hate black people, but also happen to watch 'Empire'?" Noah asked. "I've heard of hate-watching but that shit would be next-level. That's like a member of the Klan buying tickets to 'Fiddler on the Roof.'"
The latest persons of interest in the case are two brothers from Nigeria with personal connections to Smollett. It is these guys, according to TMZ's reporting, who told police officers that Smollett staged the attack, and even rehearsed it beforehand.
"I'm not gonna lie, that's the one part of the story that actually makes sense to me, because if I was paying these two to beat me up, I would want to practice too," Noah said, throwing up a picture of the two ripped brothers. ""How many abs does this guy on the left have? It looks like he stole a couple of abs from the other guy."
He went on to say, "So in the public eye, this story has moved from a hate crime against a popular TV actor to a giant hoax by a popular TV actor, but Smollett still insists there was 'no collusion.'"
As it stands, it's a developing story, so Noah couldn't make any conclusions or speak definitively about any of the facts of the story. But he can response to Smollett's interview on "Good Morning America" shortly after the alleged attack where he tearfully asked what kind of person would make up something like this.
After watching the emotional clip. Noah said, "Either this guy's telling 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't cancel him. He's just too good to not be on TV."
TMZ says that's already starting to happen, though. According to their sources, Smollett's role in the next episode to be filmed has been slashed dramatically as the show is being aggressively rewritten to reduce emphasis on his character.
The case is expected to go to a Grand Jury as early as today, per TMZ, and could see Smollett slapped with a felony indictment for filing a false police report.
"I don't know how it's going to end up, because every day the story just gets stranger and stranger," Noah said. "Tomorrow we could find out that those Nigerian brothers are actually princes and they needed the money to unlock their royal inheritance."