By Javin Dana
CatlinSpeak (Portland, Oregon)
On Monday, March 30, Comedy Central President, Michele Ganeless, announced that 31-year-old, South African comedian, Trevor Noah, would succeed Jon Stewart as the next host of “The Daily Show.”
Noah made his first U.S. television debut in 2012 on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and has also appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” Noah has also hosted a series of television shows, including his own talk show in South Africa, “Tonight with Trevor Noah.” In 2014, Noah joined “The Daily Show” as a contributor, appearing on the show three times.
The Feb. 10 announcement that Noah would be replacing Stewart occurred less than two months after Stewart had publicly announced that he would be leaving “The Daily Show.”The exact dates and schedule leading into Stewart’s departure from the show have yet to be decided.
Stewart has hosted “The Daily Show” for 16 years with immense success, transforming it into an authoritative, well-recognized satirical talk show about current events. However, members of the Comedy Central team, including Stewart himself, feel that by introducing a new perspective, “The Daily Show” will be able to expand its reach to be better versed in international affairs and opinions.
“I’m thrilled for the show and Trevor,” stated Stewart in an interview with the New York Times. “He’s a tremendous comic talent that we’ve loved working with.”
On top of this statement, Stewart noted that he “may rejoin as a correspondent” just to be a part of the show.
Many fans of the show fear for the future of “The Daily Show” without Stewart leading it—and also about whether or not Noah will be able to fill his shoes.
In response to these and other related critiques, Ganeless stated, “You don’t hope to find the next Jon Stewart – there is no next Jon Stewart. So, our goal was to find someone who brings something really exciting and new and different.”
However, critics and journalists were not completely satisfied, as they found something seemingly amiss about Noah’s background. Recently, a series of old tweets posted on Trevor Noah’s Twitter account resurfaced, spurring conversation about his alleged anti-Semitism and sexism.
One tweet jokingly stated: “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!”
In another tweet from 2011, Noah writes: “Oh yeah the weekend. People are gonna get drunk & think that I’m sexy!” a statement he claims applies to “fat chicks everywhere.”
Noah also posted a tweet in 2010, which reads, “South Africans know how to recycle like Israel knows how to be peaceful.”
In a article reacting to a few of Noah’s jokes in The Daily Caller, senior editor Jamie Weinstein wrote that the last tweet suggested that Noah “believes Israel is an inherently belligerent country.” Weinstein went further, writing that, “Many young people don’t watch ‘The Daily Show’ just to laugh – they watch the show to get their news. The show shapes perceptions.”
Recently, The Jewish Telegraph Agency, a primary news source in Israel, has been investigating Noah’s stand up performances to evaluate and grasp his full stance and predisposition to the Jewish State. Additionally, these fears are not only percolating among journalists and the Jewish community, but fans of “The Daily Show.”
As more information regarding Noah’s background, and the future of “The Daily Show” without Stewart, trickles out, it is likely that the viewership will at least wane slightly. However, Comedy Central firmly stands behind Noah and expects him to bring a new sense of vitality to “The Daily Show” in the future.
For additional and related information, visit “The Daily Show’s” website.
Photo Credit: Trevor Noah