Jon Stewart was “stunned” after 5 girls publicly accused Louis C.Okay. — who later admitted the allegations “are true” — of sexual misconduct.
“You give your friends the benefit of the doubt. I tried to think about it in terms of, I’ve had friends who have had compulsions and have done things: gambling or drinking or drugs. And we’ve lost some of them. Some of them have died,” he stated Tuesday on the Today present. “You always find yourself back to a moment of, ‘Did I miss something? Could I have done more?’ And in this situation, I think we all could have. So you feel anger at what you did to people.”
“Look, comedy on its best day is not a great environment for women,” the previous Daily Show host added. “The idea that there was this added layer of pressure and manipulation and fear and humiliation. … I think its a question of, we’re used to being in charge, and I think if you talk to women, they’re in a very difficult position, and you get mad at yourself, too, for laughing it off or for thinking, ‘That didn’t happen.’ And it’s hard.”
Stewart, 54, additionally mentioned a video that has resurfaced because the scandal of a May 2016 taping of David Axelrod’s podcast, The Axe Files, in Chicago. When a University of Chicago pupil requested why Stewart hadn’t addressed rumors of C.Okay.’s alleged harassment of feminine comedians throughout a earlier interview, he laughed and sarcastically responded, “So the Internet said Louis harassed women? You know who you’re talking to, right?”
“I didn’t see the tweets,” he continued. “Honestly, I’m not that connected to that world. I don’t know what you’re talking about. … 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 p**** for a long time.”
On Today, Stewart defined his response.
“My first response was, ‘What?’ And then, joke, joke, and as he kept going, I was like, ‘Look, I know this is very serious, but I know Louis, he’s always been a gentleman to me,’ which, again, it speaks to the blindness that I think a man has.” he stated. “Digging around in it and finding that some people had done, it was hard, but we were all assured like, no, but we took somebody’s word for it, and maybe that’s an error on our part.”
Stewart added that he hasn’t talked to C.Okay. because the information broke.
“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.
On Thursday, 5 girls got here ahead to The New York Times about previous experiences with C.Okay., 50, by which he allegedly masturbated in entrance of them, requested if he may masturbate in entrance of them or was heard masturbating whereas talking on the telephone.
A day after the Times report was printed, C.Okay. confirmed the validity of the tales. (Read his full assertion right here.)
“At the time, I said to myself that what I did was okay because I never showed a woman my d— without asking first, which is also true,” he stated. “But what I learned later in life, too late, is that when you have power over another person, asking them to look at your d— isn’t a question. It’s a predicament for them.”
“The power I had over these women is that they admired me,” he added. “And I wielded that power irresponsibly.”