Jon Stewart made an appearance on The Howard Stern Show this morning and responded to the criticism surrounding Louis C.K. and his prior knowledge of the pervy comedian's sexual misconduct.
"I think what they don't understand is that I live a reclusive and somewhat oblivious life, " Stewart told Stern.
As RadarOnline.com reported, C.K. has admitted to sexual misconduct charges leveled at him by five women, who accused the disgraced star of exposing himself and masturbating in front of them without their consent.
Stewart was recently slammed when a video surfaced of him at an event last year shrugging off rumors his friend had participated in sketchy sexual conduct.
The 54-year-old former talk show host acknowledged that he understood where the criticism was coming from, but he insisted he had no knowledge of C.K.'s behavior.
"By not immediately embracing the kid with his sexual allegation thing, or being flippant, because that was the atmosphere of the Q & A, I'm contributing to an atmosphere that is toxic for somebody to speak to what happened to them," Stewart has now admitted.
Despite the controversy, Stewart says he still considers 50-year-old C.K. "a friend."
"The part that I really, that I criticize myself on is what would I have done if I had actually known?" said Stewart. "My feeling is — and I'm trying to be honest with myself as I can — I would, I would not have done something. I just don't think I would've," Stewart said.
"John Quiñones is going to come out with the cameras and be like you're a d**k, you're never making my show," Stewart joked. "But I feel like, I wouldn't have felt the urgency of it."
Stewart then told shock jock Stern that he still has a lot of learning to do in creating awareness of sexual assault in the work place.
"On the flip side of that," said Stewart, "I still believe in my own decency — the Internet doesn't know who I am and it doesn't shake thinking I'm a decent person. But I'm fallible as f**k and make mistakes, and I can grow. I'm the type of person, hopefully, that can be helpful, because I think I can still learn and still change behavior. It may take time."
Stewart left his long time hosting duties on The Daily Show in August of 2015.
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