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Trevor Noah's tweets could be serious threat to future of Comedy Central

In a culture where we whip ourselves into instant media frenzies and then move on forgetting only days later what it was that so upset us, maybe Trevor Noah’s tweets won’t be such a big deal by the weekend.

But the offensive tweets that surfaced within a day of the 31-year-old South African comedian being named Monday as Jon Stewart’s replacement on "The Daily Show" make me think Comedy Central might have made a very bad choice in filling one of the most important chairs in popular culture.

And if that turns out to be true, the channel’s earnings are going to plummet. Before Stewart and the recently departed Stephen Colbert, Comedy Central felt like a tin-can cable channel to me. Those two are the Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig who built that franchise into a TV powerhouse, and to replace one of them with a guy who makes these kind of jokes could be deadly.

I love stand-up comedy. I love the fearlessness of comedians like Mort Sahl, Richard Pryor and, yes, let me put Amy Schumer on that list...

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Comedy Central: 'Unfair' to judge Trevor Noah on tweets

Trevor Noah, the newly announced host of "The Daily Show," rejected the backlash over his graphic tweets targeting Jews and women as an unfair reflection of him and his comedy.

"To reduce my views to a handful of jokes that didn't land is not a true reflection of my character, nor my evolution as a comedian," Noah posted Tuesday on his Twitter account, the same one that included past tweets others deemed offensive.

Comedy Central also came to his defense, calling Noah a "provocative" comedian who "spares no one, himself included."

"To judge him or his comedy based on a handful of jokes is unfair," the network said in a statement, adding that he has "a bright future at Comedy Central."

Noah was announced as Jon Stewart's successor Monday. The next day, he was a trending topic on Twitter as he drew fire for jokes described as tasteless, hateful — and unfunny.

Roseanne Barr was among those calling out the 31-year-old South African comic, who has an international following and 2 million...

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'Dancing With The Stars' recap, Latin Night

It's Latin night on "Dancing With The Stars," which means lots of bikini tops and feathers. And for Suzanne Somers, a Carmen Miranda outfit. Of course.

Rumer Willis

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'The Walking Dead' recap: Rick wins, but who loses?

For the fifth season finale of "The Walking Dead," Rick finally won his power struggle with Deanna for the hearts and minds of Alexandria. On the one hand, yay, Rick won't be cast out into the wilderness. But judging by his very first act as leader -- shooting Pete the accidentally killing abuser -- doesn't bode well for the path of civilization and peace.

Of anyone in the crew, it seems Michonne understood most deeply the dangers and sad reality of Rick's way, when we saw her stoically take her katana blade down from the mantel where she had previously hoped it would stay. She saw there was a chance for them to survive without their weapons, but that window seems to have closed. At least for awhile.

Most symbolically, the other active voice for peace and forgiveness, Deanna's husband, Reg, was the victim of Pete's accidental slaying, getting his throat sliced open during a confrontation at Rick's trial. With Reg gone and Deanna without any sort of grounding, it looks like she'll be...

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'Once Upon a Time': Maleficent, the author and 'Best Laid Plans' arrive

"Once Upon a Time" started with a boy, Henry, figuring out that the characters in a book he was given, fairy tale characters, were actually real and living in his town. It's that book now, and the author of it, that's driving the character motivations -- and now the author has been found.

But, we'll get to that. First a journey to the past. After a premonition by an evil queen, Snow White and Prince Charming are determined to make sure that their child is good, and will not be an instrument of evil.  So, of course, you hunt for a famed unicorn to get some clarity. Touching the horn of a unicorn allows them to get a glimpse of their child's future. Charming got a good glimpse -- a cute baby, nothing out of the ordinary. Snow did not get that glimpse. Instead, Snow met the teenage Emma Swan -- and teen Emma reaches into Snow's chest and pulls out her heart, then turns it into dust. But she's her mother! "I don't care," Emma says.

The heroes are trying to figure out what it means to have...

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Trevor Noah set to replace Jon Stewart on 'The Daily Show'

Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old comedian from South Africa who has contributed to "The Daily Show" a handful of times in recent months, will become Jon Stewart's replacement as host, Comedy Central announced Monday.

Noah was chosen a little more than a month after Stewart unexpectedly announced he was leaving "The Daily Show" following 16 years as the show's principal voice.

New Jersey native Stewart is being replaced by the son of a black South African mother and white European father. Noah has an international presence, and hosted a late-night talk show in South Africa, "Tonight With Trevor Noah."

Noah, who has appeared on Jay Leno and David Letterman, was the subject of a 2011 documentary film by David Paul Meyer, "You Laugh but It's True," which followed his career in post-apartheid South Africa.

He will join Larry Wilmore, a writer-comedian who replaced Stephen Colbert in January in the half-hour slot following "The Daily Show." When Noah takes over, Comedy Central will have completely...

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