Jon Stewart 'angry' with Louis CK over scandal

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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. Stewart no longer think it's amusing. Stewart says that he was "stunned" by the revelations. "So you feel anger at what you did to people". "And you always find yourself back to a moment of, did I miss something?" I think it's gotten better over the years, but certainly when we started 30 years ago, it was really hard.

"You give your friends the benefit of the doubt", Stewart explained about not believing the rumors when he first heard them. 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". So to do it was an act of bravery in and of itself.

Stewart added that, "You get mad at yourself too for laughing it off, or for thinking, 'That didn't happen'". "So the internet said Louis harassed women?" We're used to being in charge, and I think if you talk to women they're in a very hard position. Stewart said to an audience member who posed a question about Louis C.K. rumors that surfaced online. "I'm not that connected to that world".

On Tuesday morning, Stewart talked about that incident on Today, saying that he had been caught off guard by Ackerman's question. "And then, joke joke, and as he kept going I was like, "Look, I know this is very serious, but I know Louie, he's always been a gentleman to me" - which again, speaks to the blindness that I think a man has, which is like, 'Hey, he's a good guy, what are you talking about?'"

Though it's a little unclear, Stewart then suggests that he and his team looked into the allegations at that point but that "we were all assured, no, and we took somebody's word for it, and maybe that's an error on our part".

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. The comedian has since lost a film distribution deal for "I Love You, Daddy", and HBO has pulled his previous projects from its streaming service.

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