Jon Stewart claims he's 'stunned' by Louis CK's sexual misconduct

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.

Stewart, 54, former host of "The Daily Show", sat down with Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer on "Today" to discuss the five women who accused his friend comedian Louis CK of sexual harassment, reported People magazine.

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.

"You know, you give your friends a benefit of the doubt". Some of them have died and you always find yourself at a moment of, 'Did I miss something?

"I think it's gotten better over the years", Stewart said, "but certainly when we started 30 years ago, it was really hard, and so to do it was an act of bravery in and of itself". Stewart feels, based on a long friendship, "anger at what [Louis C.K.] did to people". Honestly, I'm not that connected to that world.

"Have you talked to Louis C.K.?" "I didn't see the tweets. What are you talking about?'"

In another appearance on "The Today Show", Stewart opened up a bit more about what it means to be friends with a person and trust their character while he conceals indefensible behavior.

Even C.K. brushed off the allegations as "rumors" in a September interview, only to confirm they were all true a day after the explosive New York Times article came out against him. I know this is very serious but I know Louis, he's always been a gentleman to me.' Again, it speaks to the blindness that a man has like, 'Oh he's a good guy, What are you 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".

Stewart added that he has not talked to Louis CK since the reports of sexual assault allegations.

"At the time, I said to myself that what I did was okay because I never showed a woman my d- without asking first, which is also true", he said.

Stewart continued, saying "I do apologize".

Stewart co-hosts the annual charity benefit "Night of Too Many Stars" on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

Vanessa Coleman