By Brent Furdyk.

Trevor Noah may comment on Kanye West’s headline-making statements and antics on “The Daily Show”, but insists he has no “beef” with the rapper.

Noah made that crystal clear in a segment break during a recent “Daily Show” taping while taking questions from the audience.

“Why you beefing with Ye?” asked an audience member.

“Why am I beefing with Kanye? That’s an interesting way to phrase it because a beef has to go both ways,” Noah responded.


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“Genuinely it does. In my limited understanding of the world, beef has always been something that generally will happen between two hip-hop artists. I’ve never beefed with Kanye West. I was concerned about Kanye West,” he continued.

“If somebody says to me that they have a mental health issue, and they say to everyone that when they don’t take their medication they’re unable to control themselves — and then everyone ignores when that person is having an episode and they haven’t taken the medication — and then they platform the person and put them up … I sometimes think it’s a little s**tty, to be honest with you,” Noah added.

“I don’t have beef with a human being who has expressed openly that they’re dealing with a mental health issue. I don’t have beef with that human being. What I have beef with is us as a society not coming together around the person and going like, ‘Hey, maybe this is not the moment to put a microphone in your face so that you just go off saying everything.’ If this is what you want to say when you’re on your medication, then that’s a different story. But because you’ve told us that, I’m not going to sit by and say that,” he noted.


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“But I’ve promised myself I’ll never be the person who just sits by and gleefully says things about people that I care about and then also joins the group of mourners afterward and acts like I wasn’t part of it,” Noah concluded. “Too many people like to mourn you when you’re dead, and they don’t say anything to you when you’re alive. So I don’t know where to end. But that’s it.”





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