Jon Stewart performs on stage at Comedy Central's "Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs" on Feb. 28, 2015, in New York City
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By Helen Regan
April 7, 2015

On Monday night’s episode of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart stood up for his successor, comedian Trevor Noah, who has been the center of “a large kerfuffle” on social media after some of his tweets were criticized for being sexist and anti-Semitic.

“I can say this without hesitation: Trevor Noah will earn your trust and respect … or not,” said Stewart, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “Just as I earned your respect … or did not.”

Stewart, who will be leaving the satirical news show later this year asked viewers to give Noah a chance.

“My experience with him is that he is an incredibly thoughtful and considerate and funny and smart individual. I think, you give him that time, and it’s going to be well worth it. I’m excited for where he’s going to take the thing.”

[THR]

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