Trevor Noah was announced as The Daily Show‘s new host Monday, and a day later, the Internet dug up a handful of his old tweets that inspired quite a bit of backlash. The tweets included jokes about women’s bodies and the Holocaust, resulting in some calls for Comedy Central to find a new host. But Noah wants his critics to know the tweets don’t represent him.
“To reduce my views to a handful of jokes that didn’t land is not a true reflection of my character,” Noah tweeted Tuesday evening, “nor my evolution as a comedian.” Most of the uncovered tweets were posted years ago.
Comedy Central released a statement Tuesday afternoon defending Noah and warning people not to prematurely judge him. “Like many comedians, Trevor Noah pushes boundaries; he is provocative and spares no one, himself included,” the network 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.”