Jon Stewart claims he's 'stunned' by Louis CK's sexual misconduct

Jon Stewart claims he's 'stunned' by Louis CK's sexual misconduct

Stewart then addressed his appearance on David Axelrod's podcast previous year, in which he brushed aside an audience member's question about C.K.'s then-rumored misconduct.

Stewart claimed he first heard about allegations of harassment against Louis C.K. during a taping of David Axelrod's podcast The Axe Files in May of 2016.

Stewart, who said he has not spoken to C.K. recently, said that comedy has never been a "great environment for women".

When asked by Today hosts Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie for a reaction, Stewart paused for a moment before saying he was "stunned" and that "you give your friends the benefit of the doubt".

Stewart said, "Some of them have died". And you always find yourself back to a moment of: did I miss something?

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Though it's a little unclear, Stewart then suggests that he and his team looked into the allegations at that point but that "we were all assured, no, and we took somebody's word for it, and maybe that's an error on our part". "So you feel anger at what he's done to people".

It's good that in this clip, we see Stewart shouldering some of the blame himself.

The former "Daily Show" host said Tuesday on NBC's "Today" show that inappropriate behavior is "endemic" in the comedy community and that it is an especially harsh environment for women. Honestly, I'm not that connected to that world. "What are you talking about?'" "I know Louie. He's always been a gentleman" - to me, which, again, speaks to the blindness a man has".

"I think it's gotten better over the years", Stewart said, "but certainly when we started 30 years ago, it was really hard, and so to do it was an act of bravery in and of itself". Comedians Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov said C.K. did masturbate in front of them in his hotel room in Aspen, Colorado during the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. He said, "What do you think of the allegations against Louis C.K., and my first response was, 'What?' and then joke, joke". And look, I don't want to make this like, Louis was the only one in the business. The power I had over these women is that they admired me.

Louis C.K. released a statement on November 10 that vindicated five women who spoke to The Times about abuse dating back to the late 90s. The comic was scheduled to appear on Night of Too Many Stars opposite Stewart, but HBO cut the comedian's scheduled appearance on Thursday.

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