The topic of conversation quickly turned to the sexual misconduct allegations about Stewart's friend Louis C.K., which the comedian admitted to after a bombshell New York Times report confirmed several years of rumors.
"You give your friends the benefit of the doubt", Stewart said.
"Stunned", said Stewart after a moment's hesitation, before comparing C.K.'s behavior to that of a gambler or alcoholic. "I tried to think about it in terms of, you know, I've had friends who have had compulsions and have done things ― gambling or drinking or drugs", Stewart said during an appearance on the "Today" show. "Comedy on its best day is not a great environment for women. So you feel anger at what you did to people". Matt Lauer dutifully asked Stewart for a comment on last week's allegations of sexual misconduct that Louis C.K. sexually harassed women by masturbating in front of them behind closed doors, allegations that C.K. "No, I didn't see the tweets".
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.
"No, that's not been my experience", Stewart said. Honestly, I'm not that connected to that world.
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Stewart continued, saying "I do apologize. You know who you're talking to, right?" As he kept going, I said, 'I know this is very serious, but I know Louis. "I can't answer. All I can tell you is I've worked with Louis for 30 years, and he's a wonderful man and person and I've never heard anything about this".
The fallout continues for Louis C.K. after the comedian confessed to sexual misconduct last week, including worldwide distributors dropping his new movie I Love You, Daddy and additional names in comedy condemning his behavior.
During his short street interview, Stewart repeatedly focused on women being the sole victims of rampant sexual abuse in Hollywood. I know Louie. He's always been a gentleman"-to me, which, again, speaks to the blindness a man has". "[An audience member] said, "what do you think about the allegations against Louis C.K.?' My first response, was, 'what?' And then, joke, joke".
Night Of Too Many Stars airs live on HBO Saturday November 18th at 8pm.