Jon Stewart 'stunned' by Louis C. K.'south sexual misconduct

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Source:   —  November 14, 2017, at 1:07 PM

Jon Stewart made awkward jokes a year ago when pressed about rumors that his companion and fellow comedian Louis C. K.

Jon Stewart 'stunned' by Louis C. K.'south sexual misconduct

Jon Stewart made awkward jokes a year ago when pressed about rumors that his companion and fellow comedian Louis C. K.'south acted inappropriately toward women. Stewart number longer think it'south funny. In fact, he says he'south "stunned."

The former "Daily Show" host said Tuesday on NBC'south "Today" indicate that inappropriate behavior is "endemic" in the comedy community and that it'south an particularly harsh environment for women. He cops to the error of turning a blind eye to the rumors.

"You always discover yourself back to a moment of, 'Did I miss something? Could I've done more?' And in this situation, I think we all could've. So you perceive annoyance at what you did to people," Stewart said on Tuesday'south show. "Comedy on its best day isn't a grand environment for women. I think it'south gotten better over the years, but certainly, when we started thirty years ago, it was really difficult. So to do it was an act of bravery in and of itself."

Stewart added that, "You obtain crazy at yourself too for laughing it off, or for thinking, 'That didn't happen.'"

Stewart took some heat after news broke latest week that Louie C. K. acted inappropriately toward five women, all of whom spoke to the NY Times about their encounters with the comedian. Stewart appeared in a podcast a year ago with political analyst David Axelrod, in which the former late night host sidestepped questions about rumors over Louis C. K.'south inappropriate behavior by cracking awkward jokes and saying, "I've never heard anything about this."

"So the Internet said Louis harassed women? You know who you're talking to, right?" Stewart said to an audience member who posed a question about Louis C. K. rumors that surfaced online. "Honestly, I'm not that connected to that world. I don't know what you're talking about."

Tuesday morning, Stewart gave an explanation for his response.

"My first response was, 'What?' And then, joke, joke, and as he kept going, I was like, 'Look, I know this is very serious, but I know Louis, he'south always been a gentleman to me,' which, again, it speaks to the blindness that I think a man has, which is, like, 'hey, he'south a excellent guy, what're you talking about?'" Stewart said. "Digging around in it and finding that some people had done, it was hard, but we were all assured like, no, but we took somebody'south word for it, and maybe that's an mistake on our part."

Related: Louis C. K.: 'These stories are true'

Stewart said he hasn't spoke with Louis C. K. since the NY Times bombshell report broke latest Thursday.

In the report, multiple women alleged sexual misconduct against the comedian, allegations that Louis C. K. later confirmed were true. The comedian has since lost a film distribution deal for "I Like You, Daddy," and HBO has pulled his previous projects from its streaming service. His publicist parted ways with Louis C. K latest Friday.

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