Jon Stewart reveals his thoughts on the Louis CK scandal


NBC's Matt Lauer sat down with the former host of "The Daily Show" Tuesday to discuss an upcoming benefit for individuals with autism, but the two took a moment before the segment's end to discuss a widening sex scandal embroiling Hollywood.

The topic of conversation quickly turned to the sexual misconduct allegations about Stewart's friend Louis C.K., which the comedian admitted to after a bombshell New York Times report confirmed several years of rumors.

"You give your friends the benefit of the doubt", he said, echoing a sentiment fellow comedian Marc Maron expressed on his podcast Monday. You always find yourself back to a moment of, did I miss something? Could I have done more?'. "Could I have done more?' In this situation, I think we all could have".

"You feel anger at what he did to people", Stewart explained of C.K. "Look, comedy on its best day is not a great environment for women. All I can tell you is I've worked with Louis for 30 years, he's a wonderful person, and I've never heard anything about this, and we all knew Bill Cosby was a prick for a long time".

Asked by Ackerman at the Chicago event why he hadn't challenged C.K. about the allegations when he interviewed him for the final episode of the "Daily Show," Stewart initially mocked the question, responding, to laughter, "So the internet said Louis harassed women?"

"My first response was, what?" he said.

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. "I don't know what you're talking about but - I can't really answer". "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 difficult position, and you get mad at yourself, too, for laughing it off or for thinking, 'That didn't happen.' And it's hard". And as he kept going, I was, 'Look, I know this is very serious. I'm not that connected to that world. The Times report seemed to confirm years of industry rumors about C.K.'s behavior with women.

A shot from Louis C.K.'s new movie, 'I Love You, Daddy'. The comic was scheduled to appear on Night of Too Many Stars opposite Stewart, but HBO cut the comedian's scheduled appearance on Thursday.

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