Jon Stewart reveals his thoughts on the Louis CK scandal

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"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.

"You give your friends the benefit of the doubt", Stewart explained.

During his Today show interview on Tuesday, the former Daily Show host addressed the claims made by multiple women who say the Louie star masturbated in front of them - and looking back, Stewart thinks more could have been done to stop the stand up's perverted "compulsions".

"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, which is, like, 'hey, he's a good guy, what are you talking about?'" Stewart said. In a statement released on Friday, C.K. said the stories told to the Times "are true" and that he was "remorseful of my actions".

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Stewart, who has been friends with Louis C.K. for over 30 years, said he hasn't spoken to the comedian since the fallout.

Even C.K. brushed off the allegations as "rumors" in a September interview, only to confirm they were all true a day after the explosive New York Times article came out against him.

"You get mad at yourself too for laughing it off or thinking, 'That didn't happen!'" Stewart added.

Stewart no longer think it's amusing.

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John Oliver kicked off the fourth season finale of his talk show Last Week Tonight with a "lightning recap of the week", which included a jab at Louis C.K, the latest in a string of men in Hollywood to be accused of sexual misconduct.

"So the internet said Louis harassed women?" Stewart, who was joined by the benefit's creator Michelle Smigel, had been quiet about the Louis scandal, but many were waiting to a response from him. Honestly, I'm not that connected to that world.

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".

"No, that's not been my experience", Stewart said.

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She continued, "Louis C.K.'s life is so much a part of his movies and it's very personal, so you can not separate the work from the artist".

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