One of the surprises for Trevor Noah of taking over “The Daily Show” from Jon Stewart was the amount of what he called “liberal hatred” that he experienced.
Generally, Noah prepared himself for conflict with those whose politics he didn’t agree with.
“‘The Daily Show’ is probably the biggest challenge that I’ve been working toward my entire life without even realising it,” he said in a new interview with The New York Times. “I’m in a position where you are fundamentally against what many people believe.”
Noah took over hosting the comedic news show in September 0f last year after less than a year as a recurring contributor. And while he expected that he’d have to win over Stewart’s fans, he didn’t expect the vitriol he’d receive from them.
“I had people — you know, people who are Democrats, fans of the old show — saying things like, ‘Go back to Djibouti, we want Jon Stewart back.'” Noah said. “I knew liberal hatred existed, but I didn’t think it would come to me. I had to quell that feeling that people have lost what is theirs.”
But the comedian says that finding something in common with his haters can help.
“Part of the job was to help people see that you have a bit of that colour in yourself,” he told the newspaper. “‘Hey, there’s a bit of you in me. I’m not coming from a world where I don’t see you. If you look carefully, you’ll see yourself in me and what I’m saying.'”
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