Ira Glass 'Politely Declined' Role on 'Orange Is the New Black'

Tim Molloy
The Wrap
Ira Glass 'Politely Declined' Role on 'Orange Is the New Black'

"Orange Is the New Black" creator Jenji Kohan offered Ira Glass a role in her Netflix prison drama, but says the "This American Life" host "politely declined."

Speaking on "Fresh Air" with Terry Gross, Kohan said she's a "huge Ira Glass fan" and "huge fan of radio in general." She said Glass -- particularly Glass's glasses -- helped inspire the public radio host played by Robert Stanton on the show about a woman in prison.

"I don't have a lot of time to watch TV, but I am a big podcast listener and radio listener and a fangirl to a certain extent," Kohan said. "I actually asked Ira Glass if he would do it and he politely declined."

Kohan says the host's glasses aren't identical to Glass's, but acknowledged "there's a flavor." She hopes Glass doesn't mind.

"I have not spoken to him. I hope he's not mad at me. ... I'd love to hear what he thinks," said Kohan.

Vulture made it happen, by reaching out to Glass. For once, he was at a loss for words.

"I hear the show's good and hope to see it soon but I've been busy. Haven't seen it," he said. "So I don't have much to say."

The Glass portion of the interview starts around the 34-minute mark, but really, why not enjoy the whole thing.

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