For the uninitiated, Hot Ones is an online talk show, where the host and the guest engage in an interview while eating chicken wings that get hotter and spicier with every question. Host Sean Evans has been doing it for 8 seasons now with the channel having over 800 million views. A show this hot and spicy is fit for a Malaysian adaptation, and iflix has been way ahead on that.
On June 21st 2018, it was announced that iflix has acquired the license to adapt shows made by Complex, the parent company of First We Feast, to the Malaysian market. This of course includes Hot Ones, as well as a myriad of other pop culture-centric shows. iflix topped off the announcement by saying that they’ll be bringing their own twists to localise the format.
Mampukah @anwaribrahim menahan kepedasan sate Hot Ones sambil menjawab soalan panas daripada anda? @maya_karin akan mengacarakan temubual pedas #HotOnes dengan bakal Perdana Menteri Malaysia. Tweet atau DM soalan anda sebelum 12 April! #iflixOriginals #DSAnwarIbrahim pic.twitter.com/Yj4XVPxU9v
— iflix Malaysia (@iflixMY) April 10, 2019
And now through an official tweet, we finally know that Maya Karin, of Puteri Gunung Ledang fame, will be the host of the Malaysian Hot Ones. Her first guest will be none other than Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim, former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia and leader of the Pakatan Harapan coalition. Instead of the traditional chicken wings, the Malaysian adaptation will be serving satays instead. No word on whether the increasing spice level will be through hot sauces or kuah kacang.
The release date has not been announced just yet. For now, interested parties can reply to the official tweet above on questions you would want the iflix team to be asking Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim.