Nearly a week ago, Comedy Central announced that 31-year-old South African comedian, Trevor Noah, will be the new host of “The Daily Show.”

 

The announcement triggered an all-out scandal, as social and mobile audiences around the world dug up sexist and anti-Semitic comic performances from Noah’s past to illustrate why he might be the wrong choice to join the elite class of late night comedy hosts on television.

 

Last night, Jon Stewart finally addressed Noah’s critics:

“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. I am excited for where he is going to take this thing.”

 

Watch this two minute clip to see what Stewart had to say:

 

From rape allegations surrounding Bill Cosby, to the “deflategate” scandal that engulfed the New England Patriots during the NFL playoffs, to the disgrace that was Brian Williams “mis-remembering,” the public’s appetite for accountability, particularly among celebrities and popular figures, is at an all-time high. Furthermore, with a social media landscape operating in real-time and a 24 hour news cycle thirsty for content to break the internet, public apologies have become a lot tougher to accept by the masses.

 

Anti-Semitic and sexist comedy aside, Noah might be a decent human being. Let’s all cut the man some slack. As Stewart put it aptly, give him a chance “to earn your trust and respect.”

 

“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” is on Comedy Central, Monday through Thursday 11PM EST.

 

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