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Jon Stewart Addresses Kerfuffle Over 'Daily Show' Replacement Trevor Noah

04/07/2015 06:02 am ET | Updated Apr 07, 2015

Just about everyone has had his or her say about the newly selected "Daily Show" host Trevor Noah. Everyone, that is, except the man he's replacing.

As the show was off the air last week, Jon Stewart hasn't spoken publicly about his replacement or the furor that erupted when some deemed Noah's jokes on Twitter to be offensive.

But on Monday night's broadcast, Stewart addressed what he called "the elephant in the room" and asked viewers to give Noah a chance.

“Trevor Noah will earn your trust and respect -- or not -- just as I earned your trust and respect... or did not. Or sometimes earned it and then lost it. And then kind of got it back," Stewart said. "I do hope you give him an opportunity to earn that trust and respect because my experience with him is that he is an incredibly thoughtful and considerate and funny and smart individual, and man, I think, you give him that time, and it’s going to be well worth it.”

Check it out in the clip above.

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