"The New York Times reported Louis C.K.'s gross sexual misconduct, which is completely indefensible, and which inevitably resulted in the cancellation of his new film, Exhibit A: If This Ever Goes to Trial", Oliver said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"A year ago, I was doing a podcast with David Axelrod and a man in the audience asked me about it", Mr. Stewart said.
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. You always find yourself back to a moment of, did I miss something?
Stewart conceded, "Look, comedy on its best day is not a great environment for women". I think it's gotten better over the years, but certainly, when we started 30 years ago, it was really hard. 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.
Recalling the incident during his Today interview, Stewart said, "My first reaction was, What?!?"
On "Today", Stewart said, "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".
Jon Stewart is making his first public comments about the allegations of sexual harassment against Louis C.K.
"Have you talked to Louis C.K.?" We're used to being in charge, and I think if you talk to women they're in a very hard position. Then: "I didn't see the tweets" and "You know who you're talking to, right?" I'm not that connected to that world.
"I profoundly regret and am deeply sorry for not listening to and not understanding what happened to Dana and Julia", Becky said. In 2016, he appeared at the University of Chicago where a student asked him about the C.K. allegations and he dismissed the rumors.
Stewart co-hosts the annual charity benefit "Night of Too Many Stars" on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.