Aasif Mandvi of ‘The Daily Show’ Says Trevor Noah ‘Was Trying to Be Funny’

The comedian defends his new boss.

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Last night “The Daily Show” correspondent and author Aasif Mandvi stopped by LinkedIn’s Manhattan headquarters in the Empire State Building to chat with LinkedIn executive editor Dan Roth as part of the social network’s #InDiscussion series. As expected, the first topic of conversation was Jon Stewart’s newly appointed (and now controversial) replacement, Trevor Noah.

Mandvi said he got the news of Noah getting the hosting gig via a text message from “Daily Show” co-executive producer Jen Flanz about two hours before it was officially announced. Asked whether he had been in the running for the job and whether he even wanted the position, Mandvi responded with a sharp “No,” on both counts:

It’s a daunting job to take over from the king of satirical news comedy. In a weird way, I’m glad they didn’t come to me. Because if they had come to me, I would’ve had to make that decision, and that’s kind of that decision I didn’t want to have to make.

The “Daily Show” alum had mostly kind words to say about his soon-to-be new boss. And on the flack Noah got for his tweets, some of which have been accused of being, at the very least, tasteless and, more egregiously, anti-Semitic and misogynistic, Mandvi said:

I think it’s much ado about nothing. The guy made some, you know, off-color, irresponsible tweets. But he was trying to be funny. I think the millennials understand this more than the people who are upset about this.

As the discussion wrapped, Mandvi was a little, let’s say, lighter in his well wishes to Noah: “Good luck. It’s a sh*tty job.”

[Photo courtesy of LinkedIn]