Yesterday, news arrived that a replacement had been found for Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show“: thirty-one-year-old South African comedian Trevor Noah. He has only been on the Comedy Central show a few times, and the choice was a bit surprising, but it’s clear the network went for a fresh face to sit in the chair, rather than an established comedic voice. But 24 hours later, controversy has erupted.
THR reports that people have uncovered insensitive comments about Jews, women, and more in tweets dating back to 2009 on Noah’s Twitter account. Both the host and network have yet to respond, but it is kind of surprising that in this digital age, no one on Noah’s team or at Comedy Central thought that maybe vetting his social media channels might be a good idea. It’ll certainly be interesting to see how this plays out.
Meanwhile, Bill Simmons at Grantland hit Twitter to reveal that according to his sources, Amy Poehler, Louis C.K., and Amy Schumer were reportedly approached for “The Daily Show” (via AV Club). Of course, Poehler is an old hand at satire, having sat the desk of “Weekend Update” on “Saturday Night Live,” but both C.K. and Schumer have established careers doing their own thing, and as Simmons notes, they were probably not likely to have gotten the gig.
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