After Comedy Central announced last week that relatively unknown South African comedian Trevor Noah would occupy the Daily Show seat following Jon Stewart’s exit, Internet trolls dug deep into the corners of his timeline and came at him for over 9,000 tweets that were viewed as anti-Semitic and sexist.
Stewart returned to his throne Monday night (April 6) after the show’s week-long hiatus, basically asking viewers to give Noah a chance.
“Trevor Noah will earn your trust and respect. Or not. Just as I earned your trust and respect. Or did not,” joked Stewart, before giving Noah a serious co-sign. “I do hope you give him an opportunity to earn that trust and respect because my experience with him is that he is an incredibly thoughtful and considerate and funny and smart individual, and man, I think, you give him that time, and it’s going to be well worth it.”
Last week, Noah addressed the e-controversy on Twitter, saying, “To reduce my views to a handful of jokes that didn’t land is not a true reflection of my character, nor my evolution as a comedian.”
Regardless of the backlash, Stewart said he will definitely be tuning in. “Finally after 17 years, I’m gonna record The Daily Show when he takes over,” he said.