Trevor Noah fires back: Controversial tweets are "not a true reflection of my character"

The newly minted "Daily Show" host called the tweets that launched a backlash "a handful of jokes that didn’t land"

By Anna Silman

Published March 31, 2015 9:54PM (EDT)

  (Comedy Central)
(Comedy Central)

Future "Daily Show" host Trevor Noah landed at the center of a major online controversy earlier today, after a series of old jokes containing anti-Semitic and sexist content were discovered on his Twitter account.

After wisely keeping quiet (mostly) throughout today's tempest -- which has already reached the inevitable backlash to the backlash stage -- Noah finally came out with a response late this afternoon, writing on Twitter:

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Comedy Central, too, is standing by its man: “Like many comedians, Trevor Noah pushes boundaries; he is provocative and spares no one, himself included,” the network said in the statement. “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.”


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