Asked whether he thought Louis C.K. could ever revive his career - the questioner argued C.K.'s actions were "different" from Harvey Weinstein's, for example - Stewart replied that it's really not the concern right now.
Asked by Ackerman at the Chicago event why he hadn't challenged C.K. about the allegations when he interviewed him for the final episode of the "Daily Show," Stewart initially mocked the question, responding, to laughter, "So the internet said Louis harassed women?"
Louis C.K. released a statement on November 10 that vindicated five women who spoke to The Times about abuse dating back to the late 90s.
Pressed by Ackerman - who stayed on topic in the face of the audience's nervous laughter - about the responsibility of comedians to expose the alleged sexual misconduct of their colleagues, as, for example, Hannibal Burress and Bill Maher did in the case of Bill Cosby, Stewart said, "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". "And you always find yourself back to a moment of, did I miss something?" Could I have done more?' In this situation, we all could have. "So you feel anger at what he's done to people".
It's good that in this clip, we see Stewart shouldering some of the blame himself. I'm not that connected to that world.
Stewart still claims that podcast appearance was the first time he heard anything about C.K.'s mistreatment of women, which is why he acted surprised and then joked about it. Stewart went back over his response, saying "Louie's always been a gentleman to me, which again, speaks to the blindness that I think a man has, which is like 'Ey!"
"Digging around in it and finding that some people had done what some people had done, it was hard, but we were all assured 'no.' And we all took somebody's word for it and maybe that's ... 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".
A shot from Louis C.K.'s new movie, 'I Love You, Daddy'.
Still, Stewart said he hopes that with emerging allegations against C.K.
Stewart co-hosts the annual charity benefit "Night of Too Many Stars" on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.