*Comedy Central is asking critics of its future “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah not to judge him solely for what he posts on Twitter.
As previously reported, the network encountered a social media backlash when old tweets from the 31-year-old comedian that made him seem sexist and anti-Semitic were brought to light.
“Like many comedians, Trevor Noah pushes boundaries; he is provocative and spares no one, himself included,” the Viacom-owned network said in a 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.”
Examples of Noah’s Tweets include one from 2011 where he wrote “A hot white woman with ass is like a unicorn. Even if you do see one, you’ll probably never get to ride it.” One from 2014 said “Behind every successful Rap Billionaire is a double as a rich Jewish man #BeatsbyDreidel.”