“Welcome to The Program!” Every week Egyptians obsessively tuned in to hear that slogan and watch groundbreaking TV political satirist Bassem Youssef flay their politicians. Some loved his biting humor, others were infuriated, but no one could ignore it. For four months, they’ve gone without him, his show kept off the air by turmoil surrounding the country’s coup.
Mursi supporters - some of whom “hate-watched” Youssef as regularly as the adoring fans - are already predicting the 39-year-old satirist will sell out.
Youssef noted that under Mursi’s year-long presidency, Islamist critics sent him to the prosecution office for questioning on possible charges of insulting the presidency.