Jon Stewart responds to Louis CK sexual misconduct scandal

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In an interview on Today, Stewart expressed shock at the New York Times report featuring five women who claim C.K. behaved inappropriately with them. 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.

"You give your friends the benefit of the doubt", Stewart said, alluding to friends with compulsions they're working through. And you find yourself at a moment of, 'Did I miss something?

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

Told that the allegations had previously been reported by Gawker and that the comedian Jen Kirkman had discussed allegations against an unnamed comedian widely understood to be C.K. on her podcast, Stewart said, "I apologize".

"You feel anger at what [Louis] did to people". "Look, comedy on its best day is not a great environment for women". "In this situation, I think we all could've".

Stewart also addressed a May 2016 conversation in which he dismissed the rumors about C.K. During a podcast taping for David Axelrod's "The Axe Files", Stewart laughed off a question about why he hadn't spoken up about the rumors about C.K. and said, "So the internet said Louis harassed women?".

"My first response was, what?" he said. "I know Louie. He's always been a gentleman" - to me, which, again, it speaks to the blindness a man has".

Stewart was appearing on Today on Tuesday to promote his "Night of Too Many Stars: America Unites for Autism Programs", a comedy special and fundraiser that was originally slated to include C.K.as a performer. "I don't know what you're talking about, I don't know what to say".

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.

"You get mad at yourself to for laughing it off, for thinking, 'that didn't happen, '" he added later. I'm not that connected to that world.

Stewart added that he has not talked to Louis CK since the reports of sexual assault allegations.

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