Jon Stewart Admits He "Could Have Done More" About Louis CK

Joann Johnston
November 14, 2017

But, he added, "You always find yourself back to a moment of 'Did I miss something". "I have friends that have compulsions and have done things like gambling, drinking, or drugs, and we've lost some of the them".

Jon Stewart and Night of Too Many Stars creator Michelle Smigel sat down on Today with hosts Matt Later and Savannah Guthrie to discuss the upcoming event, which takes place on Saturday.

"I think it's a question of we're used to being in charge and I think if you talk to women, they're in a very hard position and you get mad at yourself too for laughing it off and thinking it didn't happen", he said. Could I have done more?' In this situation, I think we all could've.

When asked, Stewart replied, "Um... stunned, I think?"

A Thursday report in the New York Times detailed explicit allegations of sexual misconduct made against five women.

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.

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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. The idea that there was this added layer of pressure and manipulation and fear and humiliation.

Stewart said that he first heard about C.K.'s then-alleged behavior about a year ago, when taping a live episode of a podcast hosted by David Axelrod, former chief campaign strategist for former President Barack Obama. He laughed off the question and answered, "So the Internet said Louis harassed women?"

Stewart said he counted himself among those who hasn't had the "urgency" to address the issue in our culture. "I didn't see the tweets". I know Louie. He's always been a gentleman"-to me, which, again, speaks to the blindness a man has". "I'm not that connected to that world". "You know who you're talking to, right?"

The fallout continues for Louis C.K. after the comedian confessed to sexual misconduct last week, including global distributors dropping his new movie I Love You, Daddy and additional names in comedy condemning his behavior. As he kept going, I said, 'I know this is very serious, but I know Louis.

Stewart: No. I heard that a year ago.

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