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Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi is weighing in on Trevor Noah‘s Twitter controversy.
Speaking to LinkedIn executive editor Dan Roth at a New York City event Tuesday, Mandvi addressed the flak that the newly anointed Daily Show host has received over tweets that some users have seen as anti-Semitic or misogynistic.
“I think it’s much ado about nothing, first of all,” Mandvi said, according to Mediaite. “The guy made some sort of, you know, off-color, irresponsible tweets, but he was trying to be funny.”
Mandvi said the focus should instead be on Twitter and whether the culture feels it’s appropriate to continue to hold people’s previous tweets against them.
The Million Dollar Arm actor added that he doesn’t know Noah well but is willing to defer to his boss.
“I met [Noah] a couple times — he seems like a great guy,” Mandvi continued. “I trust Jon Stewart. Jon seems to want him to take over, so I trust that. I think the only way we’re gonna know is once he does the job.”
Comedy Central has defended Noah amid the flap, while Noah himself tweeted that his character shouldn’t be judged solely on “a handful of jokes that didn’t land.”
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