Comedy Central is standing by its new Daily Show host.
The network issued a statement Tuesday afternoon following numerous reports about South African-born comedian Trevor Noah’s history of writing tweets that many found to be insensitive, particularly toward Jews, as well as sexist.
“Like many comedians, Trevor Noah pushes boundaries; he is provocative and spares no one, himself included,” Comedy Central 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.”
Noah was announced choice Monday as taking over The Daily Show from outgoing host Jon Stewart. The comic was considered a surprising choice as he’s not very well known in America and had only appeared on the show three times. Within hours, a controversy began to develop over his previous statements on his Twitter account, where he’s accumulated about 2 million followers. Some of the statements go as back as far as 2009.