Oh, Bassem Youssef, you've been missed!
While the political satirist is yet to host another television program, he graced Egyptian TV host Wafaa Kilani's show "Al Mataha" (The Maze) this week.
We expected nothing less than funny responses from the comedian, and that he delivered!
During the episode, Bassem insisted that the hilarious naughty puppet Abla Fahita was not a character created by him or one of his former crew members, Khaled Mansour.
Bassem added that Fahita's show "Live from the Duplex" is not an extension or sequel of his cancelled/banned show "El Bernameg," but an original idea, despite her using the old studio space his show was located in.
Abla Fahita is a super witty, satirical comedic character, which explains why many thought it was one of Bassem's creations.
As for the social media cynics accusing him of "fleeing" Egypt - he now does some work in the US - he jokingly said, "I've fled from Egypt? I've been on a 13-month holiday, a nice one of course."
Bassem continued, "Right now I'm unemployed... I'm a couch potato."
"Youssef's show “El-Bernameg” was suspended in 2014, a few weeks before presidential elections. The move was viewed as an action of self-censorship by the channel airing the show, which delivered weekly bits of political sarcasm on the patriotic fervor that accompanied incumbent President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s ascension to power.
"Youssef, dubbed the Arab world's Jon Stewart, also fell prey to litigations by supporters of former President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood over the show's critical content. [sic]" (as reported by Egypt Independent).
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