Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Jon Stewart Says He's "Stunned" By the Louis CK Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Jon Stewart Says He's

Jon Stewart made awkward jokes a year ago when pressed about rumors that his friend and fellow comedian Louis C.K.'s acted inappropriately toward women. Louis CK admitted that the sexual harassment allegations were true in a statement Friday. "Comedy on its best day is not a great environment for women".

On "Today", Stewart said, "I was like, 'Look, I know this is very serious, but I know Louis, he's always been a gentleman to me, ' which, again, it speaks to the blindness that I think a man has".

NBC's Matt Lauer sat down with the former host of "The Daily Show" Tuesday to discuss an upcoming benefit for individuals with autism, but the two took a moment before the segment's end to discuss a widening sex scandal embroiling Hollywood.

"Stunned", said Stewart after a moment's hesitation, before comparing C.K.'s behavior to that of a gambler or alcoholic.

Stewart then addressed his appearance on David Axelrod's podcast past year, in which he brushed aside an audience member's question about C.K.'s then-rumored misconduct. "You know who you're talking to, right?"

Pressed by Ackerman - who stayed on topic in the face of the audience's nervous laughter - about the responsibility of comedians to expose the alleged sexual misconduct of their colleagues, as, for example, Hannibal Burress and Bill Maher did in the case of Bill Cosby, Stewart said, "All I can tell you is I've worked with Louis for 30 years and he's a wonderful man and person and I've never heard anything about this". Stewart said to an audience member who posed a question about Louis C.K. rumors that surfaced online.

"I didn't see the tweets", he continued. "What are you talking about?'" It's gotten better over the years, but certainly when we started 30 years ago, it was really hard. Honestly, I'm not that connected to that world. He said, "What do you think of the allegations against Louis C.K., and my first response was, 'What?' and then joke, joke".

Stewart added that he has not talked to Louis CK since the reports of sexual assault allegations.

"I profoundly regret and am deeply sorry for not listening to and not understanding what happened to Dana and Julia", Becky said. 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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