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"The Daily Show" finally reveals the truth about those insane correspondent interviews

“They know who we are, and they don’t care because we bring a camera”


Colin Gorenstein
August 5, 2015 5:33PM (UTC)

As Jon Stewart nears his last-ever "Daily Show" episode (tomorrow!), one of the most frequently asked questions he said he's received has been, "are the interviewees in those field pieces actually real?"

It's a valid question. Would would compel someone -- even the looniest someone -- to go on national television and proclaim that "a large proportion of male homosexuals enjoy drinking each other's urine"? Or, that "If you're poor, stop being poor."

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(Are they actors? Were they paid to be on the show?)

As Senior Correspondent Jessica Williams uncovers in a Tuesday segment, there's a very simple explanation: They just really like being on camera. "It's like 'Girls Gone Wild' but they flash us their controversial ideas," Williams explained.

Also, as we learn: When given the opportunity to redeem themselves, interviewees will just double-down on their crazy.

Watch the clip courtesy of Comedy Central below:


Colin Gorenstein

Colin Gorenstein is Salon's assistant editor of internet and viral content. Follow @colingorenstein or email cgorenstein@salon.com.

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