Daily Show’s Trevor Noah Encourages Audience to 'Not Watch Fox News'

May 16th, 2018 6:21 PM

It should come as no surprise that liberal comedian Trevor Noah, host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show, doesn’t watch Fox News. In fact, he dismissed the top-rated cable channel as not the “villain we’re chasing after.”

According to an article posted on Monday by The Hollywood Reporter's Jeremy Barr, one of the biggest differences between Noah and previous host Jon Stewart is the fact that “Noah’s version rarely touches on the network” while Stewart “was heavy on criticisms” of FNC.

Noah told Barr: “We seldom engage with Fox News, and that’s because, as Trevor, I don’t watch Fox News. I encourage my audience to not watch Fox News. I don’t think you should put yourself through that.

However, Barr noted that the comedian from South Africa still “talks about controversies that originate on the network and then permeate the larger culture, including Laura Ingraham's ‘shut up and dribble’ comments about LeBron James in February.”

Noah doesn't see the popular channel “as a conservative bogeyman worthy of daily broadsides,” the writer stated. "We don't see Fox News as the villain we're chasing after,” The Daily Show host added.

While the comedian “has spent the first 16 months of the Trump presidency honing his jokes about the administration,” Barr noted, “that doesn't mean he's interested in telling Trump jokes at the White House Correspondents' Dinner in the future.”

Barr noted that Noah “wasn't surprised by the intensity of the reaction to Wolf's remarks, which dinged Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway.”

However, the Comedy Central host was “intrigued” by the role journalists played in launching the backlash.

“Watching journalists criticize Wolf's treatment of the administration in real time raised questions for Noah about the relationship between the White House and the press,” Barr noted.

When asked if he would be willing to host that event, Noah replied: “I honestly don't know. I don't know” because “I think of what the intention is. What am I trying to do? What is the dinner trying to do? What is it for?”

“And, after this dinner,” the Comedy Central host continued, “I ask that question even more now.”

Of course, Noah couldn’t resist an opportunity to slam President Trump: “We both seem to be learning about the presidency at the same time." The host “devotes a lot of time on his show to Trump, but because he claims to understand the president, he is able to put some of the more outrageous things he says in context,” Barr stated.

"I don't lose my mind and go crazy," Noah said.

As NewsBusters previously reported, the Daily Show host began the year by slamming the doctor's report that President Trump is in excellent physical and mental health. A few weeks later, Noah praised CNN commentator Angela Rye by gushing over how “amazing” it was when his guest rolled her eyes after someone said something positive about the president.

This past Sunday, Noah returned to his Trump-bashing ways by telling CNN’s Reliable Sources host Brian Stetler that his favorite joke about the president is comparing him to an African dictator and reminding the comedian of “an asteroid headed toward the Earth, but it’s shaped like a penis.”

Perhaps it’s just as well that the Comedy Central host doesn’t watch the Fox News Channel since he might accidentally hear something positive about the president and face a crisis regarding the target of most of his vulgar “jokes.