Jon Stewart On Louis CK: 'Could I Have Done More?'

Angelo Anderson
November 14, 2017

Stewart is set to host HBO's upcoming "Night of Too Many Stars", and was asked about the networks decision to yank comedian Louis C.K. from the lineup.

"A year ago, I was doing a podcast with David Axelrod and a man in the audience asked me about it", Stewart said on Tuesday.

The Daily Show alum opened up about C.K.'s fall from grace on the Today show Monday, and said that for years, he'd given his friend the benefit of the doubt despite having heard rumours about his habit of masturbating in front of female colleagues. "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". "Some of them have died. In this situation, I think we all could have". Stewart, who had C.K. on as a guest for his final appearance as host of "The Daily Show", said he was just hearing about the rumors for the first time, but assured everyone C.K.is a really great guy. I think it's gotten better over the years, but certainly, when we started 30 years ago, it was really hard. "But I do believe there are systemic issues that make it harder for women to be addressed".

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

Comedians Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov said C.K. did masturbate in front of them in his hotel room in Aspen, Colorado during the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival.


Stewart praised the women who came forward - four comedians who came out publicly and one comedy-industry worker who did not identify herself - for their bravery.

"So the internet said Louis harassed women?" I don't know what you're talking about.

Stewart said that following the podcast taping, he "dug around" to determine if there was any truth behind the audience member's question. And then joke, joke. I don't know what you're talking about.... "I know Louie. He's always been a gentleman" - to me, which, again, it speaks to the blindness a man has".

"We're used to being in charge". "And maybe that's an error on our part".

A shot from Louis C.K.'s new movie, 'I Love You, Daddy'. His publicist parted ways with Louis C.K last Friday. "It's impossible and considering the subject matter the movie tackles it has become clear that you can not screen the movie for what it is, that's our position".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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