Jon Stewart claims he's 'stunned' by Louis CK's sexual misconduct

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Jon Stewart visited Today Tuesday morning to promote "Night Of Too Many Stars", an Autism benefit the comedian hosts, and as was to be expected, the subject of Louis C.K. came up. Stewart said to an audience member who posed a question about Louis C.K. rumors that surfaced online. The former host of The Daily Show said that back when comedians like himself, as well as C.K. and Maron, started out thirty years ago, a woman trying to make it in comedy was itself "an act of bravery".

The fallout from reports that Louis C.K. "The power I had over these women is that they admired me", he added.

"You give your friends the benefit of the doubt", Stewart said. "Some of them have died". And 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.

Stewart, a friend of CK's, appeared on the Today show when he was asked what his reaction had been upon hearing the news, to which he said that he had been "stunned". Stewart, a friend and colleague of C.K.'s, who actually had him on as his last guest on The Daily Show, responded that he was "stunned" by the news. In it, Stewart dismissed the student after being asked why he hadn't addressed the rumors of Louis C.K.'s alleged harassment. He laughed off the question and answered, "So the Internet said Louis harassed women? You know who you're talking to, right?" he said to him, incredulously. "No, I didn't see the tweets". 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 prick for a long time". I know this is very serious but I know Louis, he's always been a gentleman to me.' Again, it speaks to the blindness that a man has like, 'Oh 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".