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Amy Schumer shares why she turned down offer to host 'The Daily Show'

epa04778181 US actress and comedian Amy Schumer attends

epa04778181 US actress and comedian Amy Schumer attends the 74th Annual Peabody Awards Ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street, in New York, New York, USA, 31 May 2015. EPA/PETER FOLEY Photo Credit: EPA / PETER FOLEY

Amy Schumer elaborated Tuesday on her recently revealed decision not to succeed Jon Stewart as the host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show."

After confirming in an interview Friday that she had been among those offered the position that ultimately went to Trevor Noah, Schumer, 34, said on Howard Stern's SiriusXM radio show Tuesday that she had met several times with executives at Comedy Central, where she stars in the sketch-comedy show "Inside Amy Schumer." "I just pictured all the fittings and blazers I'd have to wear and I was like, 'I don't want to do that.' I really thought about it; I just thought it's not right for me. Trevor will be so much better at it than I could have ever been."

The Rockville Centre-reared comedian also believed it might undercut her film career. After a handful of movie bit parts, Schumer plays the lead in Judd Apatow's upcoming "Trainwreck," which she also wrote. Taking over "The Daily Show," she said, would have "felt like it would be betting against myself. But no, I'm going to bet on myself that I can do more."

Still, she said, "Them asking me made me cry. I was, like, that means so much to me that they believed in me like that."

Schumer also said the network's wooing included a pizza outing with Stewart. "I think I asked if [hosting the show] was fun," she said. "Jon and I have in common that neither of us really like free time."

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