The announcement of Daily Show replacement Trevor Noah yesterday was surprising, especially considering the South African comedian had only joined the show as a correspondent in December of last year and made a grand total of three appearances. However, less than 24 hours after the hosting reveal, Noah is already in hot water regarding some of his past tweets.
Combing through his Twitter feed, users have surfaced some of the comedian’s controversial comments, which have been deemed anti-Semitic and sexist.
As more of Noah's past tweets began to resurface and gain traction, users began to address the Daily Show and Comedy Central Twitter accounts, citing the offensive tweets as grounds for Noah's dismissal.
However, some users did come to the comedian's defense and emphasized that Noah is a comedian, even suggesting that the heavy criticism is rooted in racism.
Noah initially responded to the backlash, posting “Twitter does not have enough characters to respond to all the characters on Twitter,” though has since deleted his tweet.
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