Monday, 6 April 2020

Trevor Noah Receives Death Threats After Interviewing Bill Gates

Mzansi top comedian and Daily Show host Trevor Noah is living in fear after receiving numerous death threats after his interview with Bill Gates drew major criticism from Africans.

The talk show host interviewed American billionaire Bill Gates about the initiatives his foundation has funded in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The death threats, however, started trickling in after News24 reported on Saturday that Gates proposed to test a “vaccine” in Africa, which turned out not to be true.

“On Saturday, we published a story about philanthropist Bill Gates’ support for SA with COVID-19. We wrongly reported that Gates wants to test a ‘vaccine in Africa,” said News24 on their Twitter account.

“This is false. The Gates Foundation will support SA with testing kits and research. We apologise for the mistake,” they added
Trevor Noah Receives Death Threats After Interviewing Bill Gates
Trevor Noah Receives Death Threats After Interviewing Bill Gates

The tweet prompted the New York-based comedian to comment, saying: “Now I see why I’ve been getting death threats for interviewing Bill”.

Responding to one of his critics, Noah said: “Where in this entire interview do you hear either of us saying a vaccine will be tested in Africa? Are you confusing us with those French doctors or are you just trying to get retweets?”

It was evident that Noah may not have been aware of the News24 report.

EFF MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi added to the furore and commented on Gates’ education qualifications, saying nothing qualified him to lead debates on vaccines and medical responses.

News24 further went to publish an apology article and removed the fake article. “The headline was not supported by the substance of the story and News24 removed the article as soon as it was brought to our attention,” read part of the retraction statement by News24.

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