Jon Stewart 'Stunned' by Louis CK Sexual Misconduct Scandal

Louis CK scandal: Jon Stewart is 'stunned'; more distributors dump 'I Love You, Daddy'

Comedian Jon Stewart says his friendship to industry peer Louis C.K. apparently blinded him to years of sexual harassment recently revealed by a New York Times report.

"You give your friends the benefit of the doubt", Stewart told Today's Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie. Could I have done something more?' In this situation, we all could have. "I tried to think about it in terms of, you know, I've had friends who have had compulsions and have done things ― gambling or drinking or drugs", Stewart said during an appearance on the "Today" show.

Stewart also acknowledged that comedy "is not a great environment for women" in the first place. After initially declining to comment, CK eventually issued a public statement the following day (November 10), saying that the "stories are true" and that he has "been remorseful of my actions".

Stewart went on to discuss what many have described as a toxic environment for women in comedy. 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. "And I think if you talk to women, they're in a very hard position".

"So the internet said Louis harassed women?" "You know who you're talking to, right?" laughed Stewart. Honestly, I'm not that connected to that world. "I don't know what you're talking about, I don't know what to say".

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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". The comedian has since lost a film distribution deal for "I Love You, Daddy", and HBO has pulled his previous projects from its streaming service.

Stewart said he hasn't spoke with Louis C.K. since the New York Times bombshell report broke last Thursday.

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.

She continued, "Louis C.K.'s life is so much a part of his movies and it's very personal, so you can not separate the work from the artist".

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