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Trevor Noah Says He Expected Backlash Over Replacing Jon Stewart as Host of ‘The Daily Show’ | Gets Featured in GQ US



trevor-noah-gq-05When Trevor Noah was announced as the new host of ‘The Daily Show’, a number of people went into his Twitter archives and dug out some controversial tweets.

In a lengthy interview with GQ titled “Is Trevor Noah Ready for the Daily Show?, the South African comedian addresses these tweets while also explaining why he expected the backlash he got.


Read excerpts from the interview below.

On expecting the backlash: “A guy doesn’t leave and another guy comes in and there’s no backlash. That never, ever happens. When Michael B. Jordan got cast as the new Human Torch in ‘Fantastic Four’, there was backlash, because they were like, ‘How can this fictional character be a black man?’ I didn’t know what the backlash was gonna be, but I knew there was going to be backlash. The same thing when Larry Wilmore took over from Colbert: ‘Oh, this is never gonna work. This is horrible,'”

On his old jokes: You show me half my jokes from even two years ago, three years ago—I hate them. Because you see, like, a young version of yourself. You’re like, “Why would you say that? You idiot! That makes no sense.” Or, “That’s just stupid.” Or, “Ahh, I can’t believe I said that about a woman.” You should not like what you did back then, because that shows that you’ve grown. If you’re still doing it, that’s a scarier place to be.

On how ‘The Daily Show’ will be when he takes over: “I have a very vague picture of the show right now. It’ll be like a face-lift. Because, don’t get it twisted, I’m a big fan of The Daily Show, and that’s what it’s still gonna be. It’s still gonna be The Daily Show. It’s the same way, when Fallon took over from Leno, it’s still The Tonight Show.”

Read more of Trevor Noah’s GQ magazine feature here.

Photo Credit: GQ

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  1. Magodi

    July 24, 2015 at 12:59 am

    I hope he is successful in the US, because he is hilarious .

  2. Rrrrrrrr

    July 24, 2015 at 2:31 am

    Trayva Nooaaah (with South African accent) is one of my fav comedians, his humour is unmistakable. I never frequently watched The Daily Show, but for him, am hooked already

  3. Leah

    July 24, 2015 at 3:00 am

    I support him and I’m sure he will do just fine with time. However, I am so disappointed that Jon Stewart is leaving right in the middle of election season coming up. It always takes time to get used to the next guy whenever there is a change, especially when you are replacing someone as brilliant as Jon Stewart.This was just bad timing for him to leave at sure an important time and I keep wishing something will change and he decides to stay until after the elections.

  4. Iris

    July 24, 2015 at 3:09 am

    GO BABY, GO BABY GO! I think he’s going to slaaaaaay, but I’m also very nervous for him. Americans can be very cruel to their media space.

  5. le coco

    July 24, 2015 at 11:00 am

    the daily show will now have a new crop of african viewers thanx to treva… i was familiar with the show, like most people.. but i was never a watcher.. neither was any young african i know… but because i am familiar with trevor , i may be inclined to watch.. much like alot of young africans..good on you trevor.. Goodluck

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