The Daily Show host has released a "Between the scenes" online video reacting to a question from an audience member about the uproar over Neeson's comments that he planned to harm any "black bastard" after his friend was raped 40 years ago. Noah responded that Neeson did indeed have a "racist" thought. But Noah also called it a "powerful admission" especially since Neeson described himself as "ashamed" of his behavior. Noah said the uproar over Neeson's comments would've been had a different reaction had he made it on Oprah Winfrey's old show, instead of to the British newspaper The Independent. “I think if Liam Neeson had told that story on Oprah, and there was like a conversation, we would’ve seen as a person admitting to a time in their life when they allowed their anger and hatred to fester into a racism that they’re ashamed of,” Noah said.