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

Elias Hubbard
November 14, 2017

HBO has since removed C.K. from the Stewart-hosted "Night of Too Many Stars", which airs live on the network on November 18 at 8pm ET.

Stewart went on to discuss what many have described as a toxic environment for women in comedy. "And in this situation, I think we all could have", he said. We're used to being in charge, and I think if you talk to women they're in a very hard position. You always find yourself back to a moment of, did I miss something? Could I have done more?'.

"I've had friends who have compulsions and have done things, gambling, or drinking, or drugs, and some of them have died. So you feel anger at what you did to people", Stewart said on Tuesday's show. "All I can tell you is I've worked with Louis for 30 years, he's a wonderful person, and I've never heard anything about this, and we all knew Bill Cosby was a prick for a long time".

The former Daily Show host recalled being asked previous year about rumors of Louis C.K. masturbating in front of women in public at a taping for David Axelrod's podcast, a moment that has resurfaced in the wake of the news of C.K.'s alleged behavior.

The comedian said he was doing a podcast with David Axelrod a year ago when someone in the audience asked him what he thought about swirling allegations against C.K. - and he quickly deflected.

"I know Louis - he's always been a gentleman to me, which I think speaks to the blindness that a man has", Stewart said.

Stewart also acknowledged a moment that had recirculated on social media following the Times report about C.K., in which an audience member at a podcast-taping had asked him about the rumors of C.K.'s behavior.

As the interview came to a close, Lauer asked if Stewart had talked to C.K. since last week's New York Times story broke. The idea there was this added layer of pressure and manipulation and fear and humiliation...

"So the internet said Louis harassed women", Stewart replied. "You get mad at yourself for laughing it off or thinking it didn't happen". "We were all assured, like, 'no, ' and we took somebody's word for it", Stewart continued. Honestly, I'm not that connected to that world.

Front Row explained their reasoning in a Facebook post published early Tuesday morning: "For as much as we acknowledge Louis C.K.'s creative and performing talent, by releasing the film in the Middle East and North Africa would mean condoning this type of behavior and forgetting the damage it has caused and still causes to the victims regardless of gender". And as he kept going, I was, 'Look, I know this is very serious.

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