Trevor Noah responds to critics; Comedians defend new ‘Daily Show’ host

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NEW YORK (MEDIA GENERAL) – Some of his followers told him not to worry about it; others asked him to apologize. Trevor Noah did neither.

After several tweets from 2009 to 2011 resurfaced showing jokes he made at the expense of Jews, women and overweight people, the newly named “The Daily Show” host responded online.

Noah took to Twitter explaining that a few old, and bad, jokes didn’t express who he was or everything he was about.

Seth MacFarlane also spoke up for Noah. The creator of “Family Guy” and “American Dad!” said the media should back off and focus on more important things.

The tweets from 2009, 2010 and 2011 reveal jokes many found offensive. On Tuesday, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which fights anti-Semitism, commented on Noah’s past jokes wishing Noah success on “The Daily Show” while “urging him to ensure the show remains funny and irreverent without trafficking in bigoted jokes at the expense of Jews.”

Abraham Foxman, ADL National Director, said, “We need humor, perhaps now more than ever, and we hope that he will build in Jon Stewart’s great legacy.”

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