Jon Stewart Says He's "Stunned" By the Louis CK Sexual Misconduct Allegations

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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.

"Stunned", said Stewart after a moment's hesitation, before comparing C.K.'s behavior to that of a gambler or alcoholic.

"Look, comedy on its best day is not a great environment for women", the former Daily Show host added. "Some of them have died". You always find yourself back to a moment of, did I miss something? "And, in this situation, I think we all could have". "I hadn't heard, at that point, at any of it", Stewart remembered.

Stewart addressed the clip in his Today interview.

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When Ackerman attempted to interject again, Axelrod, who had already intervened once on Stewart's behalf, became visibly irritated and cut him off, telling him, "Sir, appreciate your question".

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"I think it's a question of we're used to being in charge and I think if you talk to women, they're in a very hard position and you get mad at yourself too for laughing it off and thinking it didn't happen", he said.

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

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"It's another one of those endemic, systemic and complex problems that we all haven't had the urgency for, certainly myself included", he added.

In the report, multiple women alleged sexual misconduct against the comedian, allegations that Louis C.K. later confirmed were true. He said, "What do you think of the allegations against Louis C.K., and my first response was, 'What?' and then joke, joke".

Five women came forward Thursday to accuse C.K. of masturbating in front of them.

Louis C.K. released a statement on November 10 that vindicated five women who spoke to The Times about abuse dating back to the late 90s. "All I can tell you is I've worked with Louis for 30 years, he's a wonderful person, and I've never heard anything about this, and we all knew Bill Cosby was a prick for a long time".

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