Jon Stewart Says He Was Stunned By the Louis CK Story

Awkward viewing: Jon Stewart and David Axelrod's handling of question about Louis CK in 2016

Jon Stewart 'Stunned' by Louis CK Sexual Misconduct Scandal

Could I have done more?' In this situation, we all could have. Comedians Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov said C.K. did masturbate in front of them in his hotel room in Aspen, Colorado during the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. And you find yourself at a moment of, 'Did I miss something?

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 tried to think about it in terms of, you know, I've had friends who have had compulsions and have done things ― gambling or drinking or drugs". In the video (below), which has recently been recirculating around social media, Stewart laughed off the question and responded, "So the internet said Louis harassed women?"

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

This rings false given that Stewart was asked publicly about the allegations against C.K.in 2016, allegations that have been swirling for years in the comedy community where Stewart has made his home.

Stewart shared his thoughts, and in his response he noted sexual harassment is rampant in Hollywood - hinting it may even be a problem at NBC, with his comment coming on the same day NBC News' fired Matt Zimmerman for inappropriate conduct with women.

Awkward viewing: Jon Stewart and David Axelrod's handling of question about Louis CK in 2016

On Today, Stewart explained his reaction. "So you feel anger at what you did to people".

The second wave of sexual assault reckoning has begun, and it involves asking some of the guys who were standing by as their friends assaulted people, "What the fuck were you doing?" Honestly, I'm not that connected to that world. We're used to being in charge, and I think if you talk to women they're in a very hard position. He said, "What do you think of the allegations against Louis C.K., and my first response was, 'What?' and then joke, joke".

"We took somebody's word for it, and maybe that's an error on our part", he says.

As the interview came to a close, Lauer asked if Stewart had talked to C.K. since last week's New York Times story broke.

Night Of Too Many Stars airs live on HBO Saturday November 18th at 8pm.

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