John Oliver Jabs Louis CK on 'Last Week Tonight' Season Finale

Louis CK scandal: Jon Stewart is 'stunned'; more distributors dump 'I Love You, Daddy'

Stewart is set to host HBO's upcoming "Night of Too Many Stars", and was asked about the networks decision to yank comedian Louis C.K. from the lineup.

"You give your friends the benefit of the doubt", Stewart told Today's Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie. "Could I have done more?' In this situation, I think we all could have".

"I try to think of it in terms of, I've had friends who have had compulsions and have done things, gambling or drinking and drugs, and we've lost some of them, some of them have died", Stewart said.

Stewart noted that the comedy environment has never been kind to women, despite some changes over the years. It's gotten better over the years, but certainly when we started 30 years ago, it was really hard.

In the report, multiple women alleged sexual misconduct against the comedian, allegations that Louis C.K. later confirmed were true.

The New York Times report about Louis C.K. caused a videotaped interaction between Stewart and a University of Chicago student from a year ago to resurface.

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Stewart went on to discuss power dynamics in comedy.

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. "And I think if you talk to women, they're in a very hard position". He laughed off the question and answered, "So the Internet said Louis harassed women?" I don't know what you're talking about. "I'm not that connected to that world". I don't know what you're talking about....

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".

Distributors in Scandinavia (Sweden's Nonstop Entertainment), France (ARP Selection) Israel (Shoval Film) and the Middle East (the Dubai-based Front Row Filmed Entertainment) have canceled plans to release Louis C.K.'s I Love You, Daddy in their territories, The Hollywood Reporter, and Variety and ScreenDaily report.

"A year ago, I was doing a podcast with David Axelrod and a man in the audience asked me about it", Stewart said on Tuesday.

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