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. "Some of them have died". "And you always find yourself back to a moment of, did I miss something?"
Oliver was referring to Louis C.K.'s unreleased film I Love You, Daddy, a film that critics say pays homage to Woody Allen. "You feel anger at what he did to people".
Stewart's response to Louis CK's alleged behavior generated criticism after video resurfaced of Stewart laughing off a question regarding Louis CK's inappropriate behavior during a May 2016 taping of David Axelrod's podcast "The Axe Files" at the University of Chicago. Honestly, I'm not that connected to that world. "You know who you're talking to, right?"
But he added, "In the context of the event, the young man's comments came as a complete non sequitur, based on nothing I had seen or we had been discussing".
In another appearance on "The Today Show", Stewart opened up a bit more about what it means to be friends with a person and trust their character while he conceals indefensible behavior. "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. "I imagine you walk through 30 Rock and".
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".
"It's another one of those endemic, systemic, complex problems that we all haven't had the urgency for, certainly myself included".
Stewart continued, saying "I do apologize".
Recalling the incident during his Today interview, Stewart said, "My first reaction was, What?!?"
Stewart co-hosts the annual charity benefit "Night of Too Many Stars" on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.
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