Comedy Central yesterday named the largely unknown Trevor Noah as its replacement for Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show." But the network’s bold announcement quickly turned a little sour.
By the end of the day, the South African comedian’s Twitter feed had been scoured and he was was accused of sending Tweets that were anti-Semitic and sexist.
One such Tweet from 2009 read: “Almost bumped a Jewish kid crossing the road. He didn't look b4 crossing but I still would have felt so bad in my german car!” Another Tweet said of the Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi that he “doesn't go down easy, just like jewish chicks.”
Comedy Central responded just a few hours ago with this statement:
Noah responded to the controversy over twitter:
So, for now, it looks like Noah will survive this firestorm. The Frame's John Horn spoke with Rick Ludwin, former head of late night at NBC, and Andrew Wallenstein, the co-editor-in-chief of Variety, about the severity of Noah's tweets and how Comedy Central handled the situation.
Correction: The headline of an earlier version of this post accidentally mis-identified Trevor Noah as Trevor Nash.