Jon Stewartsaid he was "stunned" to hear the recent revelations that Louis C.K. sexually harassed multiple women during an interview on Today.
"A year ago, I was doing a podcast with David Axelrod and a man in the audience asked me about it", Stewart said. And you find yourself at a moment of, 'Did I miss something? Could I have done more?'.
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 he did to people", he said.
Stewart shared his thoughts, and in his response he noted sexual harassment is rampant in Hollywood - hinting it may even be a problem at NBC, with his comment coming on the same day NBC News' fired Matt Zimmerman for inappropriate conduct with women. "In this situation, I think we all could've". The comedian faced further fallout from the allegations, which he later confirmed to be true, with FX dropping him from all of its shows, Netflix cancelling a stand-up special featuring C.K., and HBO pulling all of Louis C.K.'s specials. "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. As he kept going, I was like, 'look, I know this is very serious, he's always been a gentleman to me" - which speaks again to the blindness that I think a man has. Asked whether he thought Louis C.K. could ever revive his career - the questioner argued C.K.'s actions were "different" from Harvey Weinstein's, for example - Stewart replied that it's really not the concern right now. "I imagine you walk through 30 Rock and".
"Have you talked to Louis C.K.?" Honestly, I'm not that connected to that world. "I hadn't heard, at that point, at any of it", Stewart remembered.
"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.
Stewart added that he has not talked to Louis CK since the reports of sexual assault allegations.
Stewart co-hosts the annual charity benefit "Night of Too Many Stars" on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.