http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/259879/fat-jew-comedy-central-development-cancel/ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry...a?ir=Entertainment&ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000024 In News by Stefan Sirucek / August 17, 2015 Josh Ostrovsky, professionally known as “The Fat Jew,” is a prominent social media star and widely hated joke thief. Ostrovsky’s method is to simply lift jokes and funny images from Twitter, Instagram and other sources and repost them as his own, usually by using screenshots that omit the joke’s original author and source. When criticised for stealing other people’s content his responses are evasive or half-assed. “It was on a blog dude.” Ostrovsky built a thriving and lucrative career on these content-snatching tactics, complete with profiles in major newspapers and lots of cash. And while he’s been raking it in for a while now — netting $6,000 for brand shoutouts among other gig-work — as Ostrovsky’s profile has risen, he’s been increasingly taken to task for his joke theft by the comedy community he leeches off of. (We updated his Wikipedia page to include mention of the joke thievery he continues to profit from.) That hasn’t stopped him from making a series of deals which include a book deal, a pilot in development with Comedy Central, and recently signing with Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Whether it was in response to his increasingly mainstream success built on the backs of others or simply a case of the antithapy towards Ostrovsky reaching a critical mass the backlash seems to have come to a head. Comedy writer Maura Quint posted the following message on Facebook and Twitter and the glowing embers of disdain for Ostrovsky in the comedy community were stoked into a righteous blaze. "For those of you who don't know, this guy, The Fat Jew is someone whose entire career is simply stealing jokes from tumblr, twitter, etc. He is making a living off of the hard work of other people. The people he steals from are struggling writers, comedians, etc. They would love to be able to profit from THEIR OWN WORK but can't because this complete waste of a person is monetizing their words before they even have a chance to. When called out on his continued theft he either ignores it, says "whoops" or says "geez I guess an intern stole it!" This man makes nothing, contributes nothing, originates nothing, he is a leech, he is a virus, he is what is wrong with the world. Please please please do not support him. He is pure trash. If you follow him on instagram, unfollow. If you follow him on twitter, unfollow. If you're saying "but I like the stuff he puts out, it's funny!" then just ask me and I'll give you lists and lists of the originators of that content who are funny all the time with their own original words. You won't miss this piece of shit, I promise." After that the dam seemed to break and a host of comedians and and big-wigs chimed in. Many people also took Comedy Central to task for teaming up with the internet’s leading peddler of unoriginal, stolen content. And now Splitsider is reporting that Ostrovsky’s deal with Comedy Central is off. We reached out to Comedy Central to ask about the status of Ostrovsky’s pilot, and a rep confirmed with us that the network no longer has a project in development with him. The tweets have come home to roost. Ostrovsky’s reps could not be reached for comment.