Jon Stewart addresses Louis CK's controversy, hints at misconduct at NBC

Ruben Ruiz
November 15, 2017

"You feel anger at what [Louis] did to people".

The former "Daily Show" host said he hopes the explosion of sexual harassment allegations against powerful men will bring about change.

More than a year ago, in May 2016, University of Chicago undergraduate Dan Ackerman prompted an awkward exchange when he asked C.K.'s pal and former "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart about the then-allegations against C.K. "Could I have done more?' In this situation, I think we all could have".

Pressed by Ackerman - who stayed on topic in the face of the audience's nervous laughter - about the responsibility of comedians to expose the alleged sexual misconduct of their colleagues, as, for example, Hannibal Burress and Bill Maher did in the case of Bill Cosby, Stewart said, "All I can tell you is I've worked with Louis for 30 years and he's a wonderful man and person and I've never heard anything about this". I think it's gotten better over the years, but certainly, when we started 30 years ago, it was really hard. "You know who you're talking to, right?" he said to him, incredulously.

"So the internet said Louis harassed women?"

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Distributors in Scandinavia (Sweden's Nonstop Entertainment), France (ARP Selection) Israel (Shoval Film) and the Middle East (the Dubai-based Front Row Filmed Entertainment) have canceled plans to release Louis C.K.'s I Love You, Daddy in their territories, The Hollywood Reporter, and Variety and ScreenDaily report.

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

Stewart said that following the podcast taping, he "dug around" to determine if there was any truth behind the audience member's question.

And so, ever since the NYT report on Louis C.K. detailing his habit of masturbating in front of unwilling women dropped, fans of Stewart have wondered about his reaction to it all. Honestly, I'm not that connected to that world. "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's word for it, and maybe that's an error on our part". As he kept going, I said, 'I know this is very serious, but I know Louis.

Even C.K. brushed off the allegations as "rumors" in a September interview, only to confirm they were all true a day after the explosive New York Times article came out against him.

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