Comedy Central Defends Trevor Noah After Backlash Over His Past Jokes

Calling the newly appointed 'Daily Show' host 'provocative,' the network says, 'To judge him or his comedy based on a handful of jokes is unfair.'

AceShowbiz - Still celebrating after being announced as the new "The Daily Show" host, %cTrevor Noah% has landed in hot water over his past jokes. A search through his Twitter has unearthed some offensive jokes that he made before he joined the Comedy Central series as a correspondent in late 2014.

"Messi gets the ball and the real players try foul him, but Messi doesn't go down easy, just like jewish chicks," one of the jokes read. He also posted in June 2010, "South Africans know how to recycle like israel knows how to be peaceful." Another joke read, " 'Oh yeah the weekend. People are gonna get drunk & think that I'm sexy!' - fat chicks everywhere."

Noah quickly responded to the backlash, tweeting on Tuesday, March 31, "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."

Comedy Central has also come to his defense, saying in a statement, "Like many comedians, Trevor Noah pushes boundaries; he is provocative and spares no one, himself included. 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."

Noah will replace %cJon Stewart% when the veteran comedian resigns from his position as "The Daily Show" host after more than 16 years. Stewart's last date on the show, however, has not been set yet.

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