Netflix’s weekly news show Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj isn’t returning for another season.
Minhaj announced the news on Tuesday, stating that the show “has come to an end” after six seasons. It’s not clear if Netflix canceled Patriot Act or if Minhaj is moving on to another project. Netflix did not have any comment.
In its last season, which was reformatted for lockdown production, Patriot Act explored evictions, COVID-19, police brutality, and the upcoming election. In a tweet from July 10, the Patriot Act account stated that “With everything that’s already happened in 2020, Hasan Minhaj probably won’t run out of things to talk about anytime soon,” suggesting the show would return. Under the tweet were multiple suggestions for future show topics.
That said, the news came as a surprise to many fans, who tuned into the Sunday show for some context and clarity on politics and social issues. Patriot Act also saw controversy: Last year Netflix pulled an episode in which Minhaj criticized the Saudi Arabian government, after Saudi authorities claimed it violated it anti-cybercrime law.
There is, of course, already a Change.org petition to save the show, but it’s likely Minhaj has something else lined up. In an interview with Variety in June, Minhaj encouraged other voices to step up: “I don’t know where the pendulum is gonna swing, but if you’re a creative of color, now is the time. 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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