On Louis C.K., Jon Stewart once again falls short of his progressive reputation

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 06:26:59 AM. Jon Stewart told the Today show he's 'stunned' by the allegations against Louis C.K., but a year ago he laughed them off.
Share Culture Louis CK Jon Stewart On the Today show Tuesday, former Daily Show host Jon Stewart said he was "stunned" when he heard the stories of Louis C.K.'s sexual misconduct, which the disgraced stand-up comedian has confirmed as true. Stewart seemed visibly shaken. "You always find yourself back to a moment of 'Did I miss something? Could I have done more?'" Stewart said. "And in this situation, I think we all could have. So you feel anger at what you did to people." Despite his apparent surprise, the Chicago Tribune reports Stewart was confronted with the allegations a little more than a year ago, thanks to University of Chicago student Dan Ackerman. During a live taping of David Axelrod's The Axe Files podcast, Ackerman asked Stewart why he hadn't brought up long-swirling rumors of sexual misconduct when he interviewed C.K. for the final episode of The Daily Show. Stewart's response was very different from his Today show appearance: He burst out laughing. Keep up with this story and more by subscribing now On the Today show, Stewart attempted to address that dismissal—though he didn't quite apologize for it. "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." Stewart conceded that he did some "digging around" on the allegations after that podcast taping. "But we were all...Read more
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