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

Screengrab via TODAY  YouTube

Screengrab via TODAY YouTube

You always find yourself back to a moment of, did I miss something?

Stewart had been asked last year about allegations against C.K. and said at the time, "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".

During an interview with Today, Stewart commented publically for the first time on the matter, he expressed that he is deeply shocked by the New York Times report in which five women claimed that they have been sexually harassed by Louis C.K. or C.K.'s behavior was inappropriate towards those women. "And we've lost some of them. You feel anger at what he did to people". He said, "What do you think of the allegations against Louis C.K., and my first response was, 'What?' and then joke, joke".

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

In the report, multiple women alleged sexual misconduct against the comedian, allegations that Louis C.K. later confirmed were true.

Today, when Matt Lauer asked him about the revelations in the past week, Stewart said he was "stunned".

And Stewart, who is hosting Night of Too Many Stars, was asked for his reaction to C.K. during an interview on Today promoting the benefit. "Look, comedy on its best day, is not a great environment for women", he said. The idea that there was this added layer of pressure and manipulation and fear and humiliation...

Stewart also addressed a May 2016 video of David Axelrod's podcast, The Axe Files, that has been recirculating on social media.

The second wave of sexual assault reckoning has begun, and it involves asking some of the guys who were standing by as their friends assaulted people, "What the fuck were you doing?" Stewart, who was joined by the benefit's creator Michelle Smigel, had been quiet about the Louis scandal, but many were waiting to a response from him.

"I didn't see the tweets", he went on. Honestly, I'm not that connected to that world.

The New York Times report about Louis C.K. caused a videotaped interaction between Stewart and a University of Chicago student from previous year to resurface.

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".

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