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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