Comedy Central is way ahead of you, Twitter.
The tides of social media have been turning on Josh Ostrovsky, better known as “The Fat Jew,” since Thursday, when The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Ostrovsky had signed with CAA. As comedians vocalized their frustration with Ostrovsky’s documented plagiarism, news spread that his deal with Comedy Central had fallen through — but as it turns out, that project was dropped long before the CAA uproar.
A rep for Comedy Central tells EW that Ostrovsky had a script deal with the network, but it failed to move forward to the pilot stage “several months ago.” Comedy Central currently has nothing planned with Ostrovsky.
Not that this makes Twitter’s response any less amusing.
To me, what makes @fatjew so funny aren’t the stolen jokes he posts, but THE WAY he posts them.
— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) August 16, 2015
Now I kinda feel bad because @FATJEW didn’t steal from me. I gotta step up my instagram game
— Paul Scheer (@paulscheer) August 16, 2015
— Chelsea Peretti (@ChelseaVPeretti) August 16, 2015
What if this @fatjew comedy central deal is just an elaborate Nathan For You bit?
— Chris Cubas (@ChrisCubas) August 16, 2015
As @FATJEW once said, “I have a dream.”
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) August 15, 2015
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