The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart returned from a short break Monday night and made it his first order of business to address the Twitter controversy surrounding his newly appointed replacement Trevor Noah.
Stewart opened his Comedy Central program by acknowledging the “elephant in the room” and referred to Noah’s “kerfuffle” on social media. He not only offered his complete support to the guy, he also encouraged the viewers to give Noah a chance, promising they’ll come to trust and respect him… or not.
“Trevor Noah will earn your trust and respect ... or not,” he began amid laughter. “Just as I earned your trust and respect ... or did not. Or sometimes earned it and then lost it and then kind of got it back.”
It was Stewart’s first appearance on the show after Comedy Central hired Trevor Noah.
“I do hope you give him the opportunity to earn that trust and respect,” he said. “My experience with him is that he is an incredibly thoughtful and considerate and funny and smart individual. I think, you give him that time, and it's going to be well worth it. I'm excited for where he's going to take the thing.”
The 31-year-old newly appointed talk show host came under fire after Internet unearthed his rather anti-Semitic and misogynistic tweets.
To lighten up the mood, Stewart also joked that once Noah takes over, he himself will finally be able to record the show to watch it after almost 17 years of hosting it.
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