Monday, 20 November, 2017

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

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Hannah Rogers | 14 November, 2017, 21:19

So what now? Stewart admits that while it's slowly getting better for women, the comedy world still has a long way to go to become an even playing field. In fact, he says he's "stunned". Look, comedy on its best day is not a great environment for women.

But, he added, "You always find yourself back to a moment of 'Did I miss something".

"Stunned", said Stewart after a moment's hesitation, before comparing C.K.'s behavior to that of a gambler or alcoholic.

"You give your friends the benefit of the doubt", Stewart explained about not believing the rumors when he first heard them. I think it's gotten better over the years, but certainly, when we started 30 years ago, it was really hard. "To do it (speak out) was an act of bravery itself", he said. "And I think if you talk to women, they're in a very hard position".

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

Later, the Daily Show host remembered the first time he had heard about the sexual misconduct accusations about Louis C.K., which he had been caught off guard with by an audience member while recording a podcast.

"So the internet said Louis harassed women?" "You know who you're talking to, right?" laughed Stewart. 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.

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

"I can't say to you, oh yeah, everybody you like is a scumbag".

Stewart's response to Louis CK's alleged behavior generated criticism after video resurfaced of Stewart laughing off a question regarding Louis CK's inappropriate behavior during a May 2016 taping of David Axelrod's podcast "The Axe Files" at the University of Chicago. "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".

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". Louis C.K. later confirmed the reporting, saying in a statement, "These stories are true...."

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