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Comedy Central Supports Trevor Noah After Backlash Over Past Tweets [UPDATE]

03/31/2015 10:30 am ET | Updated Apr 01, 2015

UPDATE: Following the uproar over Trevor Noah's tweets, Comedy Central supported the embattled comic in a statement.

“Like many comedians, Trevor Noah pushes boundaries; he is provocative and spares no one, himself included," reps for Comedy Central said. "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.”

Noah also commented via his Twitter account.

EARLIER: Comedian Trevor Noah was named Jon Stewart's "Daily Show" successor on Monday, and mere hours later he was already embroiled in controversy over his Twitter history.

BuzzFeed Business editor Tom Gara pointed to Noah's past tweets, writing that the 31-year-old should've done a "quick Twitter cleanup" before getting the "Daily Show" job. Noah has tweeted a series of jokes about Jewish people and women since he joined Twitter back in 2009, many of which were called offensive, sexist and anti-Semitic.

The New York Times' Dave Itzkoff wrote that comedians do sometimes "distance themselves from older material as their views evolve and they become more accomplished," but it's unclear how or why Noah's Twitter feed was not "more carefully vetted."

On Tuesday morning, Noah tweeted and quickly deleted a comment that was presumed to be about the backlash.

Abraham H. Foxman, the ADL's national director, issued a statement on Noah's tweets and said: "We understand that comedians often use humor to poke fun at stereotypes and to push the envelope of political correctness, and it seems that many if not most of the tweets sent by Trevor Noah over the years fall into those categories. We hope he will not cross the line from legitimate satire into offensiveness with jokes calling up anti-Semitic stereotypes and misogyny. And we hope that he and Comedy Central will make a conscious effort to ensure that 'The Daily Show' remains funny and irreverent without trafficking in bigoted jokes at the expense of Jews, other minorities and women."

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