Jon Stewart has responded to the Louis CK sexual misconduct scandal after the comedian's recent admission and apology. "[The audience member] said, 'What do you think about the allegations against Louis C.K.?' and my first response was, "What?..." Stewart appeared in a podcast a year ago with political analyst David Axelrod, in which the former late night host sidestepped questions about rumors over Louis C.K.'s inappropriate behavior by cracking awkward jokes and saying, "I've never heard anything about this".
But, he added, "You always find yourself back to a moment of 'Did I miss something". 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.
Night Of Too Many Stars airs live on HBO Saturday November 18th at 8pm. "So you feel anger at what you did to people".
Stewart described his initial reaction as "stunned", explaining that he tends to give his friends the benefit of the doubt. Could I have done more?' And in this situation, I think we all could've.
"So the internet said Louis harassed women", Stewart replied. "I didn't see the tweets. I'm not that connected to that world". I would say, 'This story about you forcing these women to watch you jerk off, what is that, is that true?' He goes, 'No, it's not true. "I don't know what you're talking about, I don't know what to say".
"Digging around in it, finding out what some people had done, it was hard", Stewart said.
Stewart addressed the clip in his Today interview. I know this is very serious but I know Louis, he's always been a gentleman to me.' Again, it speaks to the blindness that a man has like, 'Oh he's a good guy, What are you talking about?'...
Stewart took some heat after news broke last week that Louie C.K. acted inappropriately toward five women, all of whom spoke to the New York Times about their encounters with the comedian.
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".