The Daily Show correspondent says the social-media backlash is "much ado about nothing"

By Emily Strohm
Updated April 01, 2015 10:55 AM
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It took less 24 hours after the news that Trevor Noah would replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show for the new host to land himself in hot water when Twitter users called out the comedian for controversial remarks made on his feed.

Despite the drama, one of the the show’s correspondents is defending Comedy Central’s newest headliner.

“It’s much ado about nothing,” Aasif Mandvi said Tuesday during a LinkedIn discussion series with executive editor Dan Roth in New York City.

“The guy made some off-color, irresponsible Tweets, but he was trying to be funny. I think the millennialists understand this more than the people who are upset.”

Noah was accused of anti-Semitism, sexism and transphobia after Twitter users took a close look at his history on the social-media site and spoke out about several questionable Tweets.

“I’ve met him and he seems like a great guy,” Mandvi, 49, tells PEOPLE. “If I was America’s therapist, I would say that we are having a reaction to the fact that daddy is leaving. So, whoever takes his place, we are not going to be happy,” he continued.

“To reduce my views to a handful of jokes that didn’t land is not a true reflection of my character, nor my evolution as a comedian,” Noah, 31, Tweeted on Tuesday, following Comedy Central’s statement supporting the new Daily Show host.

“Like many comedians, Trevor Noah pushes boundaries; he is provocative and spares no one, himself included,” the statement read. “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.”

While Noah already has his fair share of critics, Mandvi is confident the network made the best choice.

“I think he’s going to be great on the show. He is a very successful stand-up comic, he’s funny, young; it made sense to me.”

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