Stephen Colbert says he feels “dumb” for not knowing about Louis CK sexual misconduct allegations

'Late Show' host was intending on asking comedian about claims

Stephen Colbert has spoken about the Louis CK sexual misconduct scandal, saying that he feels “dumb” for previously not knowing about the allegations.

Last month saw comedian CK accused of sexual misconduct by five women. It was alleged that CK had pressured women, including female comedians, to watch and listen to him masturbate. After initially declining to comment, CK eventually issued a public statement, saying that the “stories are true” and that he was “remorseful of my actions”.

Now, speaking at Montclair Film Festival, Colbert has said: “I didn’t know about Louis [C.K.]. I didn’t even know about [rape allegations against Bill] Cosby. And that’s dumb.”

CK was originally schedule to promote his film I Love You Daddy on Colbert’s Late Show but was forced to pull out over the allegations. Colbert now says that he was going to address the accusations in his interview.

“The way I was going to approach talking to him about this subject, which I knew he didn’t want to talk about, was people in the movie talk about rumours of sexual impropriety by one of the characters. At like minute 42, one of the characters says, ‘Can you separate the artist from the rumours about him?’ How would you answer that question? That was going to be my tack.”

Louis CK

Louis CK

Meanwhile, fellow comedians Sarah SilvermanJon Stewart and Marc Maron have also responded to the scandal.

In his apology statement, Louis CK said he had “tried to learn from” his actions, as well as “run from them”. “Now I’m aware of the extent of the impact of my actions,” he said. “I learned yesterday the extent to which I left these women who admired me feeling badly about themselves and cautious around other men who would never have put them in that position.”