Comedy Central
Jeff Labrecque
April 07, 2015 AT 05:27 PM EDT

If replacing Jon Stewart wasn’t going to be imposing enough, Trevor Noah got off to a bumpy start after he was announced as the heir to The Daily Show, due to some off-color tweets he’s made over the years. Stewart began Monday’s show, his first since what he called the “large kerfuffle” related to Noah’s announcement and subsequent backlash, by quickly trying to extinguish any controversy.

“Trevor Noah will earn your trust and respect… or not,” he said, with a grin. “Just as I earned your trust and respect… or did not. Or sometimes earned it and then lost it. And then kind of got it back.

“I do hope you give him an opportunity to earn that trust and respect because my experience with him is that he is an incredibly thoughtful and considerate and funny and smart individual, and man, I think, you give him that time, and it’s going to be well worth it,” he added. “I’m excited for where he’s going to take the thing. And I’m going to watch.”

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