UPDATE, 2:30 PM: The new host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show has issued a semi, sort-of apology for tweets he posted over the years that have offended Jews and women for their subject matter, and talented comedy writers for not being funny. In his latest tweet, he seemed to agree with the latter group, calling the tweets that the media uncovered this morning jokes that “didn’t land.”
PREVIOUS, 1:22 PM: One day after announcing its new The Daily Show host, Comedy Central said this afternoon it is standing by Trevor Noah while the media continues to blast away at the comic’s Twitter history, digging up some pretty incendiary stuff in less than 24 hours.
“Like many comedians, Trevor Noah pushes boundaries; he is provocative and spares no one, himself included,” Comedy Central felt compelled to say this afternoon, following a brutal morning of Noah bashing in the press. “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.”
Others, however, aren’t so sure, after half a day’s worth of headlines wondering Did Trevor Noah’s Twitter History Just Kill ‘The Daily Show’? or insisting, Trevor Noah Goes From Hero To Villain In 24 Hours.
Noah had responded to the maelstrom with another tweet saying, “Twitter does not have enough characters to respond to all the characters on Twitter,” which he quickly took down – unlike all those other tweets he’d issued that triggered this morning’s storm.
Without much work, here’s the resulting Media’s Most Published Trevor Noah Tweets, representing several year’s worth of activity:
And, maybe most controversially :
Noah did not confine himself to just one subject:
And, Twitter was not Noah’s only canvas. He also shared photo of what’s being reported as an anti-Israel rally outside the White House, on Instagram:
Comedy Central’s star Daniel Tosh weighed in with his “defense” of Noah:
While waiting for the next round of information about Noah’s record, industry navel lint gazers passed the time today imagining whether Comedy Central will continue to stand by a guy in whom they’d invested, figuratively speaking, five bucks and five minutes, why Comedy Central did not vet its new guy’s Twitter account before announcing him as new host of its crown jewel, what will be advertisers’ reaction to the controversial Noah comments, and betting how many more exploding shoes are yet to drop.
A mere 24 hours, and a lifetime, earlier Comedy Central made it official: Noah, who has appeared on The Daily Show just three times, would take over as host when Jon Stewart steps down. Word that Noah was the network’s choice got out Friday. Way back yesterday morning, Comedy Central thought press would cover Noah like this:
Trevor Noah has been selected to become the next host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show.
Noah joined The Daily Show in 2014 as a contributor. He made his U.S. television debut in 2012 on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and has also appeared on Late Show with David Letterman, becoming the first South African stand-up comedian to appear on either late-night show. Noah has hosted numerous television shows including his own late-night talk show in his native country, Tonight with Trevor Noah.
He was featured on the October 2014 cover of GQ South Africa and has been profiled in Rolling Stone, Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal, and by CNN and NPR’s Talk of the Nation, among others. He continues to tour all over the world and has performed in front of sold out crowds at the Hammersmith Apollo in London and the Sydney Opera House in Australia.