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19 Aug

Netflix cancels ‘Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj’

Hasan Minhaj

American comedian Hasan Minhaj announced on Twitter on Tuesday that his award-winning Netflix show — Patriot Act — is ending after six seasons. The show won’t be returning amid cancellations of the streaming giant’s original content shows.

Hasan bids farewell and expressed his gratitude to everyone who worked with him on the show:

“What a run. 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,” Minhaj tweeted.

The comedy show, which has won an Emmy, a Peabody Award, and two Webby Awards, explores the modern cultural and political landscape globally. Hasan also presented the trends shaping the world from his desi perspective which were quite relatable to a large population of expats living in the US.

The first season of Patriot Act debuted on Netflix in October 2018 to glowing reviews from the critics. Subsequently, the streamer released five more seasons.

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The sixth season was due to release on 29 March, 2020 but was postponed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. It finally premiered on Netflix on 17 May and ended on 28 June.

According to Forbes, the announcement was met with surprise and social media users protested against the decision; a Change.org petition has already garnered 2,000 signatures to save Patriot Act while critics mourned the loss of representation by Minhaj, who is a Muslim whose family is from northern India.

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