Trevor Noah: Unfair 'To Reduce My Views to Handful of Jokes That Didn’t Land'

Incoming replacement for 'Daily Show's' Jon Stewart tweets self-defense after past anti-Semitic, sexist tweets sparked wave of condemnation.

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REUTERS - Trevor Noah, the newly announced successor to Jon Stewart on Comedy Central's late-night news parody "The Daily Show," defended himself against a backlash arising from past comments he made about Jews and women.

"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," the South African comedian said on Twitter on Tuesday.

Noah, the son of a black South African mother and a Swiss father, uses his mixed race in his comedy routine and came under fire for jokes he posted on Twitter.

Viacom Inc-owned Comedy Central also came to Noah's defense, saying the 31-year-old is "a talented comedian with a bright future" at the network.

Comedy Central defended Trevor Noah, the South African comedian who will replace Jon Stewart as the host of the late-night news parody, "The Daily Show," against backlash on Tuesday about past comments he made about Jews and women.

Viacom Inc-owned Comedy Central, which airs "The Daily Show," said Noah, 31, is "a talented comedian with a bright future" at the network.

"Like many comedians, Trevor Noah pushes boundaries; he is provocative and spares no one, himself included," the network said in a statement. "To judge him or his comedy on a handful of jokes is unfair."

Noah, the son of a black South African mother and a Swiss father who uses his mixed race in his comedy routine, came under fire for jokes he posted on Twitter.

"Almost bumped a Jewish kid crossing the road. He didn't look b4 crossing but I still would hav felt so bad in my german car!" he said in a 2009 tweet.

In another he compared England's Manchester United football team to a white girl: "Heavy upfront but lacking in the back."

Noah's tweets prompted comments questioning how wise a choice he is to succeed Stewart on "The Daily Show," which averages slightly more than a million viewers each night.

"Far left #Daily Show hires a racist misogynist to replace Stewart," tweeted @johncardillo.

American comedian Roseanne Barr urged Noah in a tweet to cease "sexist & anti semitic 'humor' about jewish women & Israel."

But another follower, Jack Obora@JackObora, had a different opinion.

"Seriously who reads through six years of tweets to try and find something to be offended about? #TrevorNoah #DailyShow," he tweeted.