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Trevor Noah responds to critics

Trevor Noah came under fire for his tweet posted in 2010 about Jewish people and women.

FILE: South African comedian Trevor Noah. Picture: EWN.

NEW YORK - Comedy Central has responded to criticism around South African comedian Trevor Noah in the wake of his appointment as host of The Daily Show.

Noah will be taking over the role of hosting Comedy Central's popular satirical news series The Daily Show later this year, when Jon Stewart steps down.

Noah himself has also spoken out after he came under fire for tweets he posted, some as far back as 2010, that had some critics labelling him anti-Semitic and sexist.

Noah used Twitter to respond to his critics.

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.

Don't think of it as charity, think of it as investing in the human race.

#GiveToGetBack

Comedy Central released a statement supporting Noah, saying that to judge him or his comedy on a handful of jokes is unfair.

The statement ended with the assurance that Noah "is a talented comedian with a bright future at the network."

Stewart announced last year that he'd be leaving the show after having been its host since 1999.