Comedy Central defends Noah after fans find offensive tweets

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Comedy Central Defends Noah After Fans Find Offensive Tweets

By now, you've probably heard of "Daily Show" heir Trevor Noah's recently uncovered tweets from a few years back that many people found offensive. In a day's time, writers went from giving Comedy Central hat tips for promoting Noah to giving hot takes on how he should've been vetted more thoroughly.

Now, Comedy Central is backing its No. 1 pick. In a statement released Tuesday, the network said, "Like many comedians, Trevor Noah pushes boundaries. ... To judge him or his comedy based on a handful of jokes is unfair."

Before Noah's anti-Semitic and misogynistic tweets were uncovered, it seemed like the only risk Comedy Central was taking was putting a newbie at the helm of "The Daily Show." The 31-year-old Noah drew a collective "Who?" from most viewers; he had only made three appearances on the show before being named John Stewart's successor.

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EXCLUSIVE - Jon Stewart and Trevor Noah at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
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"Can Trevor Noah survive?," CNN's Jake Tapper asked.

While some are asking if Noah can bounce back after this Twitter gaffe, another issue might've emerged:

"They were lame jokes, they were bad jokes," radio host John Fugelsang told MSNBC.

Noah tweets were offensive to some, but being a corny comedian is another matter. One Slate writer points out this bit:

"Yeah, I just flew in and boy are my arms tired," Noah said.

Noah flipped that oldie into a "Hands up, don't shoot" joke, but Slate's Jessica Winter asks, "Did he mean that as a joke, too?!? Trevor Noah: ontological mystery."

Noah tweeted a message in response to his critics Tuesday, saying, "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."

He'll have a chance to re-instill some confidence in "Daily Show" fans; he won't take over for Stewart until later this year.

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