After two years and six seasons, Netflix’s Emmy award winning talk show Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj was cancelled by the streaming platform. The comedian confirmed the news on Twitter earlier today. “What a run,” he wrote. “‘Patriot Act’ has come to an end. I got to work with the best writers, producers, researchers, and animators in the game. My 2 babies were born and grew up with the show. TY to @netflix and everyone who watched. Now it’s time to return these screens to Best Buy.”
Over 39 episodes, the weekly talk show took aim at some of the hottest political and social topics of our times, including the COVID-19 pandemic, police violence against black Americans, the 2019 elections in India and Duterte’s murderous drug war in the Philippines. Their episode on Saudi Arabia angered crown prince Mohammad Bin Salman enough that the country banned the episode. The Indian elections episode, predictably, angered some supporters of the government enough to try and start a boycott of Netflix. More recently, a segment about anti-blackness in South Asian communities led to a reckoning about racism within Indian cricket, after cricketer Darren Sammy realised that the nickname given to him by his IPL teammates was actually a racist slur.
The show won an Emmy Award and a Peabody Award last year, along with three wins at the Webby Awards. It also earned Minhaj a spot on Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in 2019.