Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Jon Stewart 'Stunned' by Louis CK Sexual Misconduct Scandal

Jon Stewart 'Stunned' by Louis CK Sexual Misconduct Scandal

The topic of conversation quickly turned to the sexual misconduct allegations about Stewart's friend Louis C.K., which the comedian admitted to after a bombshell New York Times report confirmed several years of rumors. Appearing on a podcast hosted by David Axelrod, the former chief campaign strategist for Barack Obama, Stewart was asked by an audience member if there was a chance C.K. might be The Daily Show's last guest with Stewart as host, with the audience member, Dan Ackerman, alluding to the allegations surrounding C.K.

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". And you always find yourself back to a moment of 'did I miss something?

"Knowing what I know now, of course I would have probed Stewart more deeply", he wrote.

"I don't want to make this like, 'Louis was the only one in the business.' it's not, It's endemic", Stewart said in response to a question from Lauer. "You feel anger at what he did to people". "Comedy on its best day is not a great environment for women". I think it's gotten better over the years, 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.

Recalling the incident during his Today interview, Stewart said, "My first reaction was, What?!?" I know Louie. He's always been a gentleman"-to me, which, again, speaks to the blindness a man has".

"So the internet said Louis harassed women?" "You know who you're talking to, right?"

On Monday, C.K.'s longtime manager Dave Becky issued a statement apologizing for his client's behavior. "What are you talking about?'" I'm not that connected to that world. Stewart said. "I hope it changes".

On Thursday, five women came forward to The New York Times about past experiences with C.K., 50, in which he allegedly masturbated in front of them, asked if he could masturbate in front of them or was heard masturbating while speaking on the phone.

Stewart added that, "You get mad at yourself too for laughing it off, or for thinking, 'That didn't happen'".

Stewart co-hosts the annual charity benefit "Night of Too Many Stars" on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

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