After France triumphed Sunday in the FIFA World Cup, "Daily Show" host Trevor Noah was ready to celebrate.
"I'm so excited," he said on his show Monday, grinning and breaking into a little ditty. "Africa won the World Cup! Africa won the World Cup!" he sang, before joking that "you don't get that tan by hanging out in the south of France."
It was a joke you might expect from Noah, a South African native and biracial son of a white father and black mother.
But as Noah informed an audience recently in between scenes while filming his Comedy Central show, Gerard Araud, France's ambassador to the United States, didn't find the joke funny. "I heard your words about 'an African victory,' " Araud wrote in a letter the host read to his guests. "Nothing could be less true."
"Now, first of all ... I could have said they were Scandinavian," Noah joked. "That would have been less true."