Last week, Trevor Noah was announced as Jon Stewart’s successor to host The Daily Show. You may remember the ridiculous amount of so-called backlash that followed, involving some of Noah’s old jokes on Twitter. Stewart addressed this at the top of Monday’s edition of The Daily Show, after a week off.

Stewart’s statement is what any logical person would say: Give Noah a chance to fuck up in real life. “Trevor Noah will earn your trust and respect. Or not. Just as I earned your trust and respect. Or did not,” said Stewart. “It kind of just goes that way.”

Stewart also spread some Noah love, saying, “My experience with him is that he is an incredibly thoughtful and considerate and funny and smart individual. You give him that time and it’s going to be well worth it. I’m excited for where he’s going to take this thing.”

Oh, I bet it’ll be worth it. ;)


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