Watch: Jon Stewart Defends Trevor Noah as ‘Daily Show’ Pick

Jon Stewart Leaving the Daily Show

Jon Stewart opened Monday’s edition of “The Daily Show” with a pitch for viewers to reserve judgment about new host Trevor Noah after what he termed last week’s Twitter “kerfuffle.”

Stewart urged viewers to be open-minded and give the 31-year-old comedian from South Africa a fair shot. Comedy Central’s choice to succeed Stewart at the “Daily Show” anchor desk came under fire last week when tweets from a few years ago surfaced with jokes about Jews and women that were deemed offensive by many.

“Trevor Noah will earn your trust and respect. Or not,” Stewart said. “I hope you give him an opportunity to earn that trust and respect.”

Stewart didn’t address the substance of Noah’s jokes, but he did say that he has found him to be an “incredibly thoughtful, considerate, funny and smart individual.”

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  1. Change has a power to divide people. It has never happen before that a South African host a show of this caliber and now Trevor Noah is about to do it. We have seen this movie before – This happened Barrack Obama became the President of the Super Power. Good luck Trevor Noah and the viewers of the Daily Show

  2. Richard says:

    The problem perhaps is that the job, considering how the show evolved and what has become, the last beacon of real information and decent journalism on TV disguised as comedy, requires an anchor with certain moral, ethical and intellectual weight, and not merely a stand-up comedian of average gifts that usually is not that funny. To take over Stewart at this point you not only need to be funny, you need to have a certain gravitas and a clean record. This fellow could do fine in other comedy shows, but the Daily Show is, as of today, the only place where americans can expect to hear about real news with a minimum degree of honesty and credibility. It is sad that that is the case, but it is the truth, and perhaps CC officials would better wise up and fix this mistake before they ruin the show, which is much more than a funny show: it is a public service nobody else has the brains, the balls or the decency to offer right now.

    • Ray says:

      I agree totally this is not the way to go, what happened to you, this really a joke, your destroying the ONLY TV show I watch. What happened to John Oliver?

  3. lainei2015 says:

    Who are we kidding here? A couple of Noah’s tweets were really hateful. If Noah were a white conservative Stewart and the rest of the Mediacrity would be screaming. Instead, we’re told:
    1. “It’s all about Twitter.” As if it matter whether a joke is said online or on stage.
    2. “It’s just jokes.” Funny, a couple of weeks ago when officials in Ferguson were fired for jokes about blacks, no one said, ‘Hey, there were just kidding.”
    3. Per Stewart: “He’s a really nice guy in person.” So’s Mel Gibson, by repute.

  4. Marlene says:

    Sorry Jon, but no sale. Comedy Central blew it by not looking into Noah’s background and comments on social media. Noah’s response to his racist, misogynistic jokes was equally appalling. Trevor Noah needs to go back to South Africa. Comedy Central needs to pick a new replacement, if they don’t, The Daily Show is done.

  5. PJ says:

    Is this guy still yapping? More Stewart self-aggrandizing. Please shut up and leave already. Best thing you can do John is to seek treatment for your cocaine addiction. It doesn’t help your hyperactivity disorder.

  6. Swag says:

    The show stinks.

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