Update: April 8 — Now, Trevor Noah and Russell Peters are both playing off the comments as if it was just some sort of prank. Because what’s funnier than one comedian calling another comedian a joke thief? We’re not buying it. See Noah and Peter’s interaction below:
For the time being it seemed Trevor Noah, the newly appointed host of The Daily Show, had survived the onslaught from the Twitter police, who mercilessly chided the South African comedian for jokes tweeted as far back as 2009, some of which were deemed sexist and racist. Now Trevor Noah is facing another sort of attack—this time from comedian Russell Peters who straight up called Noah a joke thief.
During an interview on Channel NewsAsia’s show Conversation With in Singapore on Sunday, host Lin Xueling asked Peters if he wanted the Daily Show hosting job. Peters says he definitely did not want the job. “I wasn’t even up for the gig, I really didn’t care about the gig.” When Xueling asked if that was jealousy speaking, Peters responded, “He’s also a thief but that’s irrelevant.” Xueling asked Peters what he meant by that and Peters was all too happy to explain. “He’s stolen material from David Kau, he’s stolen material from myself,” Peters said, adding, “That’s his gig now. Congratulations. That’s all I can say.” Watch the video below.
Meanwhile on last night’s Daily Show, Jon Stewart defended Noah against the Twitter backlash at the very top of the episode. “I can say this. I think, without hesitation: Trevor Noah will earn your trust and respect — or not. Just as I earned your trust and respect… or did not,” Stewart said. “My experience with him is that he is an incredibly thoughtful and considerate and funny and smart individual, and man, I think, you give him that time, and it’s going to be well worth it.” You can watch Stewart’s defense below.