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April 01, 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT

Jon Stewart’s Daily Show successor, Trevor Noah, faced backlash Tuesday after the internet discovered some of his old tweets. But Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi doesn’t think it’s such a big deal: “I think it’s much ado about nothing, first of all,” he said at a LinkedIn Discussion Series event Tuesday, according to Mediaite. “The guy made some sort of, you know, off-color, irresponsible tweets, but he was trying to be funny.”

Trevor himself had a similar response: “To reduce my views to a handful of jokes that didn’t land is not a true reflection of my character,” he tweeted Tuesday evening, “nor my evolution as a comedian.”

Comedy Central defended Noah once the backlash began, and Mandvi seems to also agree that it’s not worth judging him based on that select group of tweets. “I met [Noah] a couple times. He seems like a great guy,” Mandvi said. “I trust Jon Stewart. Jon seems to want him to take over, so I trust that. I think the only way we’re gonna know is once he does the job.”

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