Jon Stewart says people like Louis CK are endemic in comedy

Jon Stewart says people like Louis CK are endemic in comedy

Stewart says he has not spoken with C.K. since the The New York Times published a report on November 9 in which five women accused C.K. of sexual misconduct, including asking all of the women if he could masturbate in front of them.

"You give your friends the benefit of the doubt", Stewart explained about not believing the rumors when he first heard them. Could I have done something more?' In this situation, we all could have. "I tried to think of it in terms of, I've had friends who've had compulsions, like drinking or gambling or drugs, and we've lost some of them".

The usually quippy 54-year-old was completely somber while speaking on how C.K.'s actions are just one example of how the world of comedy has never been a great environment for women. "So you feel anger at what you did to people". 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.

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. "No, I didn't see the tweets".

Mr. Stewart said he was "stunned" and "angry" to learn that his friend engaged in sexual misconduct involving masturbation.

The comedy world is not my world, and I was not "stunned' by this news".

When Stewart was asked if sexual harassment is the "norm in Hollywood" he responded by saying not everyone in Hollywood is a "scumbag". "You know who you're talking to, right?" he said to him, incredulously. "I don't know what you're talking about, I don't know what to say".

Stewart addressed the clip in his Today interview. "[An audience member] said, "what do you think about the allegations against Louis C.K.?' My first response, was, 'what?' And then, joke, joke". I know Louie. He's always been a gentleman"-to me, which, again, speaks to the blindness a man has".

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.

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

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