Jon Stewart Addresses Louis CK's Sexual Misconduct: 'Could I Have Done More?'

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While he was there to promote this weekend's Night of Too Many Stars charity event on HBO - which originally counted C.K. among its booked guests - Stewart was unsurprisingly asked about his friend's sexual misdeeds, which C.K. admitted had really happened in a statement last week.

Former Daily Show host Jon Stewart opened up about his reaction to last week's news of five women accusing comedian Louis C.K. of sexual misconduct, with C.K. later saying of the New York Times exposé that "these stories are true". When an audience member asked Stewart whether the then-unconfirmed rumors about C.K. had crossed his radar, Stewart responded in an offhanded way, first with jokes and then with reassurances of C.K.'s good nature.

"Knowing what I know now, of course I would have probed Stewart more deeply", he wrote.

"Stunned", said Stewart after a moment's hesitation, before comparing C.K.'s behavior to that of a gambler or alcoholic. "When the people have that certainty of 'You knew, ' I know that I didn't know". "While appearing on David Axelrod's podcast past year, Stewart said that an audience member brought up the allegations, but Stewart dismissed the claim, saying "...again I think speaks to the blindness that a man has, which is like, hey he's a good guy, what are you talking about". And I think if you talk to women, they are in a very hard position. Stewart first heard of any sexual misconduct allegations against 2012 - he mentions the blind item in Gawker which went up that year and that he didn't know who it was about.

"There are things in it that are untrue, that implication of true piggishness that I felt was untrue", Stewart added. So the internet said Louis harassed women? They've been friends and colleagues, and as recently as a year ago, Stewart described a "wonderful person". He said that he "hadn't heard, at that point, of any of it". I don't know what you're talking about.

"I didn't know", he continued. "I imagine you walk through 30 Rock and".

Ackerman, who graduated in summer 2016 and works as a test prep tutor and a budding playwright, praised Axelrod for giving students access to powerful celebrities and told Chicago Inc., "I would hope that in the future. he is more welcoming of "non sequiturs" and that kind of question, even if it is not something he wants to talk about, because nobody else was asking".

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