Daily Show host Jon Stewart chose to open Monday's episode with what he termed as "a huge kerfuffle" that had erupted after comedian Trevor Noah was named as his replacement.
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Noah, the son of a black South African mother and a Swiss father who uses his mixed race in his comedy routine, has recently come under fire for jokes he posted on Twitter.
"Trevor Noah will earn your trust and respect — or not," Stewart said. "Just as I earned your trust and respect... or did not. He added that Noah "is an incredibly thoughtful and considerate and funny and smart individual, and man, I think, you give him that time, and it’s going to be well worth it.”
Almost immediately after the announcement was made that Noah will be replacing Stwart, Twitter posts in Noah's name that refer disparagingly to Jews and women were reposted on social media, with many calling on him to apologize.
In May last year he wrote: "Behind every successful Rap Billionaire is a double as rich Jewish man. #BeatsByDreidel."
A couple of months before that, he wrote: "Messi gets the ball and the real players try foul him, but Messi doesn't go down easy, just like jewish chicks. #ElClasico."
Other of Noah's statements include: "South Africans know how to recycle like Israel knows how to be peaceful," and "Almost bumped a Jewish kid crossing the road. He didn't look b4 crossing the road, but I still would hav felt so bad in my german car."
He is also reported to have explained that "Jewboy" and "untermensch" are not racist statements because "one simply means Jew and the other means a short person."
Posts regarded as disparaging women include "Oh yeah the weekend. People are gonna get drunk & think that I'm sexy! – fat chicks everywhere," and "A hot white woman with ass is like a unicorn. Even if you do see one, you'll probably never get to ride it."