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Jon Stewart reveals his thoughts on the Louis CK scandal

14 November 2017

Stewart says he has not spoken with C.K. since the The New York Times published a report on November 9 in which five women accused C.K. of sexual misconduct, including asking all of the women if he could masturbate in front of them.

The Daily Show alum opened up about C.K.'s fall from grace on the Today show Monday, and said that for years, he'd given his friend the benefit of the doubt despite having heard rumours about his habit of masturbating in front of female colleagues.

"I think it was [the right decision]", Stewart said. "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", Stewart said during an appearance on the "Today" show.

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The usually quippy 54-year-old was completely somber while speaking on how C.K.'s actions are just one example of how the world of comedy has never been a great environment for women.

Later, the Daily Show host remembered the first time he had heard about the sexual misconduct accusations about Louis C.K., which he had been caught off guard with by an audience member while recording a podcast. I think it's gotten better over the years, but certainly, when we started 30 years ago, it was really hard.

"So the internet said Louis harassed women?" And I think if you talk to women, they are in a very hard position. And as he kept going, I was, 'Look, I know this is very serious. Stewart, who was joined by the benefit's creator Michelle Smigel, had been quiet about the Louis scandal, but many were waiting to a response from him.

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"We're used to being in charge", he 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".

A shot from Louis C.K.'s new movie, 'I Love You, Daddy'.

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The global distributors are following the lead of The Orchard, which announced it was canceling the film's US release on Friday, one day after C.K. admitted his accusers were telling the truth. "This is the type of message we would like to send to the whole system which needs to re-examine its core ethical and professional values". His publicist parted ways with Louis C.K last Friday.

Jon Stewart reveals his thoughts on the Louis CK scandal