UPDATE: Russell Peters has tweeted that his accusations against Trevor Noah about stealing jokes, was a joke itself. Peters did admit in his tweet that this really wasn’t the best time to playing a prank like this on the new Daily Show host. Right now, Trevor Noah is still weathering the storm over his own past tweets that have him being called anti-woman and against Jewish people. For his part, Noah tweeted back to Russell Peters telling him what the prank cost him and that revenge will be coming.
— Russell Peters (@therealrussellp) April 8, 2015
.@therealrussellp you just cost me the presidency of South Africa. Lol.
See you in Vegas. Revenge is sweet.#SomebodyGonnaGetHurtRealBad
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) April 8, 2015
Trevor Noah hasn’t had a good day since he was named the new host of the Daily Show on Comedy Central. The next day his old tweets came under scrutiny with his jokes being called anti-Semitic and misogynistic. Now the latest is coming from Russell Peters.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the internationally touring comedian has accused Trevor Noah of stealing material. Peters appeared on Channel NewsAsia’s “Conversation With” while doing shows in Asia. Host Lin Xueling asked him if he was jealous of Noah being named Jon Stewart’s replacement. Russell Peters not only isn’t jealous, he had accusations to throw Trevor Noah’s way. Peters said, “He’s also a thief, but that’s irrelevant.” Clarifying the allegation, he added, “He’s stolen material from [South African comedian] David Kau, he’s stolen material from myself. You know, but whatever. That’s his gig now, and congratulations! [Laughs.] That’s all I can say.”
Russell Peters wasn’t specific about what jokes of his in particular he’s accusing Trevor Noah of stealing. But when asked if Noah could just be “borrowing” the material, Peters said, “That’s not borrowing! You don’t borrow in this business. If you are a comedian, that’s like stealing somebody’s underwear and putting them on. That doesn’t make any sense. Why would you do that?”
Early this week, the Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi defended Trevor Noah over the tweeting situation and last night Jon Stewart addressed it during his broadcast, saying Trevor Noah will earn your trust and respect….or not.Just as I earned your trust and respect…or did not.”