Hasan Minhaj’s Netflix show “Patriot Act” cancelled

Hasan Minhaj’s Netflix show “Patriot Act” is cancelled and won’t return for the seventh season, the comedian announced on Twitter.

“What a run,” Minhaj wrote on Twitter. “‘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.”

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“Patriot Act” aired on Netflix for 39 episodes within six seasons and covered political and cultural moments. Recent episodes covered the coronavirus crisis, George Floyd’s death at the hands of police officers, the upcoming election, and the price of attending college. During its run between October 2018 and June 2020, it was praised nationally and won an Emmy and Peabody Award. The final season was postponed due to the pandemic and aired on Netflix in June. The entire show will continue to be available on the streaming service.

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Hasan Minhaj on working with Netflix

In a recent interview, Minhaj said Netflix’s expansive global reach made it a “no brainer” to work with the streaming service.

“It allowed me to break out of the cognitive framework of being in the late-night world with multiple Jimmy’s because I was not speaking to the North American audience anymore, I’m speaking to the world,” he said. “When I’m doing a piece about the elections in the Philippines, or censorship in China, or Indian elections, or Saudi Arabia — there are more people outside of the continental United States that know about that stuff, then people here in the States, know about those issues.”

Minhaj also emphasized the need for creators of color to have a bigger platform. Hasan Minhaj’s Netflix show “Patriot Act” is canceled and won’t return for the seventh season, the comedian announced on Twitter.

“If you’re a creative of color, now is the time,” he said. “If you have a definitive voice or a project or thing that you want to put forward, I would say, just be unapologetic. Go for it.”

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