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Jon Stewart urges audiences to give Trevor Noah a chance

The outgoing host of 'The Daily Show' has defended his South African replacement.

Trevor Noah tweeted this photograph of himself and Jon Stewart when he made his first appearance on ‘The Daily Show’ on 4 December 2014. Picture: Twitter @Trevornoah

JOHANNESBURG - Out-going host of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart, has come to the defence of his South African replacement Trevor Noah, urging audiences to give him a fair chance.

Noah, who was recently named as the man to take over when Stewart leaves later this year, came under fire for a series of tweets deemed offensive to women and Jewish people.

Noah responded to the criticism, saying to reduce his views to a handful of jokes that didn't land was not a true reflection of his character or evolution as a comedian.

Stewart maintains he is confident Noah will do well in his new role.

"My experience with him is that he is an incredibly thoughtful and considerate and funny, smart individual and I think you give him that time, and it's going to be well worth it. I'm excited for where he's going to take this thing."

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

WATCH: Jon Stewart urges audiences to give Trevor Noah a chance.