Jon Stewart made awkward jokes a year ago when pressed about rumors that his friend and fellow comedian Louis C.K.’s acted inappropriately toward females. Stewart no more think it’s funny. In fact, he says he’s “stunned.”
The former “Daily Present” host said Tuesday on NBC’s “Today” show that inappropriate behavior is “endemic” in the comedy community and that it’s an especially harsh environment for women. He cops to the mistake of turning a blind eyesight to the rumors.
“You always find yourself back to an instant of, ‘Did I miss something? Could I did more?’ And in this example, I think most of us could’ve. So you come to feel anger at what you did to persons,” Stewart stated on Tuesday’s express. “Comedy on its very best day is not an excellent environment for females. I think it’s gotten better through the years, but certainly, whenever we started 30 years ago, it was really difficult. Therefore to do it was an action of bravery in and of itself.”
Stewart added that, “You get mad in yourself too for laughing it off, or perhaps for thinking, ‘That didn’t happen.'”
See: “Stunned.” Jon Stewart talks Louis C.K. scandal with @MLauer and @savannahguthrie pic.twitter.com/fXBGz7NkEK – TODAY (@TODAYshow) November 14, 2017
“Have you talked to Louis C.K.?” -@MLauer
“No, I haven’t.” -Jon Stewart pic.twitter.com/BItu3TDLyc – TODAY (@TODAYshow) November 14, 2017
Stewart took some heat after media broke last week that Louie C.K. acted inappropriately toward five ladies, most of whom spoke to the brand new York Times about their encounters with the comedian. Stewart came out 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.’s inappropriate patterns by cracking awkward jokes and stating, “I’ve never heard anything concerning this.”
“So the Internet said Louis harassed females? You know who you’re speaking with, right?” Stewart thought to an viewers member who posed a good question about Louis C.K. rumors that surfaced online. “Truthfully, I’m not that connected to that globe. I don’t know what you’re talking about.
Tuesday morning, Stewart gave a conclusion for his response.
“My primary response was, ‘What?’ And, joke, joke, and as he kept heading, I was like, ‘Appear, I know this is serious, but I understand Louis, he’s always been a gentleman if you ask me,’ which, again, it speaks to the blindness that I think a man has, which is usually, like, ‘hey, he’s an excellent guy, what are you talking about?'” Stewart stated. “Digging around in it and finding that some persons had done, it was hard, but we were all assured like, no, but we took somebody’s expression for it, and maybe that’s an error on our part.”
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Stewart said he hasn’t spoke with Louis C.K. because the NY Times bombshell survey broke last Thursday.
In the report, multiple ladies alleged sexual misconduct against the comedian, allegations that Louis C.K. later on confirmed were authentic. The comedian features since dropped a film distribution package for “I Love You, Daddy,” and HBO has pulled his prior jobs from its streaming services. His publicist parted techniques with Louis C.K last Friday.