Larry Wilmore stopped by CBS This Morning on Friday and of course host Gayle King decided to use his signature “Keep It 100” tactic to elicit a reaction to the uproar over soon-to-be Daily Show host Trevor Noah’s Twitter history.
“Do you think it would have happened if he was white?” King asked, referring to the backlash, to which Wilmore replied, “Would he have gotten a late night job? Yes, that would have happened if he were white.”
“Let’s be clear,” he said, turning more serious. “A young Jon Stewart would have had problems following the present-day Jon Stewart. Anybody would have had trouble.”
Wilmore said that because Noah is unknown to most Americans, noting that he hasn’t even met the South African comedian yet, “you have to paint a picture of him, so people are using whatever they had,” meaning years-old jokes on Twitter. “But I think once he’s doing the show, you know, I think some of those things will go away,” he added.
Correspondent Aasif Mandvi called the controversy “much ado about nothing” and contributor Kristen Schaal said that if people couldn’t find anything damning in his tweets, they would have dug up something else.
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