You always find yourself back to a moment of, 'Did I miss something? Could I have done more? Another comedian and long-time friend of the C.K., Marc Maron, addressed the ongoing scandal on Monday's episode of WTF with Marc Maron, so now it was Stewart's turn. Stewart says that he was "stunned" by the revelations. He told Lauer he was "stunned" by the reported behavior of Louis C.K., and added, "Comedy on its best day is not a great environment for women". I think it's gotten better over the years, but certainly, when we started 30 years ago, it was really hard.
Stewart's problem is that this video from May of 2016 is making the rounds on social media, a video where the former Daily Show host is asked about and then dismisses the rumors and stories about C.K.'s appalling behavior. "So you feel anger at what he did to people". The idea that there was this added layer of pressure and manipulation and fear and humiliation, and not just, look, I don't wanna make this a thing like 'LOUIE WAS THE ONLY ONE IN THE BUSINESS!' It's not.
"A year ago, I was doing a podcast with David Axelrod and a man in the audience asked me about it", Stewart said on Tuesday.
"So the internet said Louis harassed women?" "You know who you're talking to, right?" laughed Stewart. "I'm not that connected to that world".
Mr. Stewart said he was "stunned" and "angry" to learn that his friend engaged in sexual misconduct involving masturbation. "I hadn't heard at that point of any of it", Stewart said.
And he realizes that saying C.K. had always been a gentleman to him may not have been the best response, saying that "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". "At the time, I said to myself that what I did was okay because I never showed a woman my d-k without asking first, which is also true".
The fallout continues for Louis C.K. after the comedian confessed to sexual misconduct last week, including global distributors dropping his new movie I Love You, Daddy and additional names in comedy condemning his behavior. And as he kept going, I was, 'Look, I know this is very serious.