Comedy Central Backs Daily Show Successor Trevor Noah in Twitter Flap

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Though many Twitter users decried incumbent Daily Show host Trevor Noah on Tuesday, Comedy Central did not.

The cable network released a declaration of support for the comedian, who will fill Jon Stewart’s seat after he departs the satirical news series, when jokes he made in old tweets were denounced as racist and sexist.

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“Like many comedians, Trevor Noah pushes boundaries; he is provocative and spares no one, himself included,” Comedy Central said in a statement. “To judge him or his comedy based on a handful of jokes is unfair. Trevor is a talented comedian with a bright future at Comedy Central.”

UPDATE: Later on Tuesday, Noah made his first comment on the controversy via the following Tweet:

Monday, Daily Show correspondent Noah was named as Stewart’s successor. By Tuesday morning, several of the South African comic’s old tweets were being held up as evidence that his humor targets specific groups: among them, Jews and overweight women. A sampling:

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50 Comments
  1. Jeremy says:

    You fail to mention what all the fuss is actually about.

    • Dude says:

      People went back into his Twitter history and he told some pretty (tame) jokes that people freaked out over and called “anti-semitic, misogynistic and racist” because they’re mad that a black non-American was named the new host of The Daily Show. I think one of the jokes was something like “For every rap billionaire, there’s a twice as rich jewish one.”

      • NJMark says:

        Yeah, THAT’S the reason.

      • Rob Horine says:

        And it wasn’t funny. That is the greater crime.

      • S. says:

        He’s 1/4 Jewish too. His mother’s biracial and his parents’ relationship was considered illegal and a jailable offense (and I believe she was in fact jailed). Trevor’s hardly a bigot. He seems pretty smart and insightful, about politics and in general which is what you need out of anybody taking over for Jon. I’m not sure who’s to blame. Extreme conservatives AND extreme liberals could both be behind criticizing him for this. One could want to tear apart anybody taking over the Daily Show because they see it as an opportunity to take advantage of a vulnerability of something that has definitely had a political impact even as a comedy show. The other could be clutching pearls because no jokes about any groups ever is ever okay and oh dear where are my smelling salts.

        • A fan of TV says:

          There’s a large faction of opinionated Twits who REALLY wanted The Daily Show to hire a woman, as well. I agree the criticism is unwarranted, but I also believe in the power of whitewashing your Twitter account for stupid BEFORE you get vaulted to household-name status. He had advance warning that he was hired, and its a shame he didn’t think his past would be up for grabs…

          • Tatharnio says:

            Meh. If he ‘whitewashed’ it before the announcement, people would still find archived versions of the tweets, and then hold up that he tried to hide it from people. It’s not like Jon himself has never misstepped or made a joke that fell flat, why should his replacement have to pretend his standard is higher?

        • dman6015 says:

          There is no such thing as being 1/4 Jewish. You either are or you are not. Judaism is a religion, not an ethnicity.

      • Lucifer says:

        The majority of outcry I’ve seen about him has been because people say he is not funny or because he’s a man and many wanted a woman instead. Another complaint that is not as large, but still floating around is that and he is not American. I have yet to see anything about his race brought up.

        • Tai says:

          You must not be looking very far. I’ve seen more than a few comments on other sites complaining about him not being American. And a few that were at least honest and said they didn’t want to see the black guy on tv. It’s pretty much why I’m taking a break from most websites except for this one. So far the discussions here have remained tame and non offensive. So far.

  2. Mr. Tran K says:

    I’m NOT ready to say goodbye to Jon Stewart when he leaves The Daily Show until the end of the calendar year. Guess a lot of people are asking the same question: Who the BLEEP is Trevor Noah?!

    • Rob Horine says:

      Funny, I’ve been ready since 2002.

      • Tom says:

        Been holding on to that for 13 years?

      • David says:

        Rob, man, show us on the doll where the Daily Show touched you. Seriously, get over it or stop watching it. Either way, stop wasting your own time commenting on something that you clearly dislike. I’m sure there is a Fox Forum somewhere just dying to get you back.

    • Amy says:

      Who was Jon Stewart when he took over? A somewhat “indie” comedian (not selling out huge venues) with a long forgotten failed MTV show. I love him and watched said failed MTV show, but I was surprised when he took over The Daily Show and even more surprised (pleasantly) at what he turned it into. Trevor Noah is sharp and witty and has what it takes to build on what Stewart started, but keep it relevant.

  3. Robert Dinca says:

    Is there any joke allowed these days?

  4. m3rcnate says:

    Hes a comedian.
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    That is all.

    • Rob Horine says:

      Are you sure he’s a comic? Cause I thought a prerequisite for being a comic is to make a person laugh.

      • David says:

        Just because you don’t find a joke funny doesn’t mean its 1. not funny to anyone or 2. racist or bigoted

        • Lucifer says:

          Tell that to feminists and liberals.

        • m3rcnate says:

          Amen. And just because a few tweets out of thousands didn’t make you laugh doesn’t mean you aren’t a comic. I’m sure i could find tweets that Louis CK has sent that wouldn’t make me laugh…that doesn’t mean he isn’t one of the best comedians of all time (my opinion).
          The day comedy is forced into the publicly correct box, and offends no one, is the day comedy is dead. Some of the best comedy in the history of the world is offensive to someone.

  5. Joy says:

    Give me a great Comedian who is not all those things…Even Jon Stewart was often borderline inappropriate with his material.. I hope this is not because he’s non-white & Non-American!
    Well done Comedy Central for standing by your choice!

  6. Rob Horine says:

    So instead of blazing new comedy ground, CC has chosen to play it safe and go with the same old Left-Wing/Bash-The-Right bull that they have been doing for the last 15 years.

    • That’s the show. If Sean Hannity were to retire, do you think Fox would replace him with a liberal commentator?

    • Elf says:

      Rob,

      Name one single, funny, successful conserative comedian. They don’t exist. There is no humor to be found when you’re on the side of limiting women’s right to choose, preventing access to sex education, supporting religious encroachment in schools and government, rejecting the teaching of science in schools, deporting children born in this country, limiting or removing access to affordable healthcare, fighting any regulations that would keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them, support loosening laws designed to keep the banks and investment firms from causing another recession and believe that supporting multi-billion dollar industries is more important than having clean air or water.

      • You’re frickin’ hilarious.

        Unless you’re serious.

        Then you just need to remove your head from your arse cause nothing but poop is coming out of you.

        • Elf says:

          Would you care to actually dispute anything I say or just call me names and tacitly agree that I’m right. How does one make humor from those positions?

    • Angela says:

      1. They’ve been critical of the left on “The Daily Show”, too. Many times.
      2. Even with that, yes, they’ll still generally lean left? You seriously expected something different? Comedy Central in general hasn’t exactly ever been known as a bastion of conservative thought, after all-there may well be some individual writers and comics who are conservative on there, but for the most part, it’s always been a fairly liberal place. This shouldn’t really come as a shock to you.

    • Hey, in comedy you poke the biggest bear with the stick. Grandstanding Republicans are at an all time high, agree with them or not, so its a lot easier for them to produce material for mockery. If more Democrats were boisterous rather than that mild salsa you get served at McDonalds they’d take more shots at them. I mean Jon Stewart and John Oliver both took great fun in ripping into Anthony Weiner, and the guy was Jon’s friend!

      • Angela says:

        Bingo. Good point about Anthony Weiner, too-John Oliver’s take on the guy in particular had me in stitches.

  7. Ron says:

    I’m not ready to let go of Jon Stewart yet. I’m in a very long mourning process. And no one will ever be able to replace him. That said, I saw some of the other tweets from him that weren’t posted here. I have heard far worse from many others. Don’t get me wrong, there was nothing PC about any of his tweets, but shouldn’t that be what we want from a future host of a satirical news program? Someone who is willing to not be PC? The main problem I have is that while some of them were chuckle inducing at best, most weren’t that funny. But luckily he’ll have great writers at TDS. I think the main reason so many people are calling for his head is because they simply can’t imagine TDS without Jon Stewart.

  8. Tony Lang says:

    Not worth ditching him for. Nor would lying his a** off about acting heroically in a war he was never even near. BUT if ends up punching a producer,THEN…..

  9. Carol McBride says:

    If the remarks he made about Jews were made about any other minority he would have been fired. There’s always an excuse made for AntiSemitism by entertainers.

    • e. says:

      Not remotely true – and Jon himself has made far more riskee Jewish jokes. All three jokes were tame to say the least and while arguably weren’t funny were far from anything other than playing on stereotypes.

  10. Comedian tells jokes. Film at 11.

    • Elf says:

      Exactly. If these same tweets were made by someone who was not a comedian then it would be an issue. Were all of the cited tweets funny? No, but some were. And were they all offensive? Only if you’ve got astoundingly thin skin. Otherwise they’re just semi-clever takes on the same old stereotypes that have been around forever. Plus it’s very hard to inject subtlety into just 140 characters…

  11. Marci says:

    For heaven’s sake, give the guy a chance. All comedians make jokes that will offend SOMEONE, e.g., Joan Rivers, who regularly offended a LOT of people. As someone who’s been overweight all of my life, I could be offended every day of the week if I wanted to, but it’s a waste of energy.

  12. Abe Froman says:

    It’s not what he said that bothers me. It’s the fact that he’s not funny, and he just got one of the biggest comedy gigs in the business. WTF??

  13. m3rcnate says:

    Whats really disgusting is it was someones job in the industry within an hour of hearing he was casted for the job, to dig through his twitter feed and cherry pick out tweets that could be controversial and rile people up and can be used as a topic for the news media to dissect and tear apart. How pathetic and gross.
    It reminds me of the job talked about on The Newsroom (that’s real) where a person digs through all the news stories in the US (local news) to find pieces to make into news that then gets spinned on the 24 hour news networks and torn apart and used to create drama and friction and get tweets and comments and views. They will dig through piles of news to find a teacher who spanked a student and put it on their A block and make it a huge news story that explodes into a huge controversy and a spiral of grossness when in reality there is SO much going on in the world that NEEDS to be covered. Climate change. Politics. Africa. Veteran care. State of our infrastructure…etc. Yet 24 hour news (and others) are busy talking about celebs and the 23 year old hot lady teacher who slept with a student.

    • Elf says:

      Or maybe they did do the due diligence and said screw it, they’re just jokes. I haven’t read all of his tweets so I don’t know what his hit-to-miss ratio is, so if they’re cherry picking a few and turning it into a controversy then it will backfire. There’s not a single working comedian who can’t be accused of ever at one time saying something that could be considered racially insensitive or misogynistic. It’s certainly not as if Jon Stewart never made jokes about Jews being cheap or athletically inferior.

  14. Lizo says:

    As a fat white chick, his jokes are offensive, but hardly anything worse than what fat women encounter everyday. The media is so quick to attack him because he’s black; white men says these types of jokes all the time and suffer no consequences.

    • Lucifer says:

      Yeah, in your head maybe. Remember when Tracy Morgan said he would murder his son if he turned out to be gay and he only faced about 2 days of backlash and was defended by many? Also, the media is just reporting what is happening. The backlash on Trevor is from social media, which the news media has picked up.

  15. In all honesty props to Comedy Central for defending the guy. A lot of these jokes were actually pretty tame compared to what you see half of these comedians making.

  16. Kevin F says:

    Comedy Central shouldn’t be standing by him. He went racist and anti-gay. I can’t watch him take a stand against hypocrisy from Fox News on things like being anti-gay or racist, knowing he himself would be a hypocrite. So I can tell you now, as someone who has watched every night since Craig Kilborn debuted, I will never watch a Daily Show with Trevor Noah as host.

  17. Maia says:

    “Incumbent”?

  18. dman6015 says:

    So he should get a pass from the PC Police because he’s black? THAT would be racist.

    • lechatnoir says:

      He said it himself. he is mixed race . You are a racist piece of shhhh for erasing half of his heritage. and yes , I give him a pass on everything except the fat jokes .

  19. hud says:

    One more in a long line of self promoting no talent hacks looking for his 15 minutes of “fame”. Obnoxious comics sad sorry way to make a buck.