Sarah Silverman Speaks on Louis C.K.: ‘Can You Love Someone Who Did Bad Things?’


Sarah Silverman in a clip from her show, “I Love You, America,” on which she discussed Louis C.K.

Sarah Silverman became the latest prominent comedian to grapple publicly with a New York Times report in which several women described acts of sexual misconduct that Louis C.K. had engaged in. He subsequently admitted that their accounts were true.

In a new episode of her Hulu series, “I Love You, America,” to be released Thursday, Ms. Silverman delivered an emotional opening monologue in which she spoke about Louis C.K., who has been a longtime friend and colleague of hers, and she wondered aloud: “Can you love someone who did bad things?”

Ms. Silverman began the monologue by saying that the growing wave of “calling-out of sexual assault has been a long time coming.”

“It’s good,” she said. “It’s like cutting out tumors: it’s messy and it’s complicated and it is going to hurt. But it’s necessary and we’ll all be healthier for it.” One inevitable consequence, she said, is that “some of our heroes will be taken down, and we will discover bad things about people we like, or in some cases, people we love.”

Ms. Silverman’s remarks followed public comments from other comedy peers of Louis C.K., including Marc Maron, who discussed him on his WTF podcast on Monday, and Jon Stewart, who spoke about him in an interview Tuesday on the “Today” show. Both Mr. Maron and Mr. Stewart have said they were aware of only one incident involving Louis C.K. and that when they asked him about it, they were initially told it did not happen.


Louis C.K. has admitted to sexual misconduct with several women. Credit Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Though Ms. Silverman said she has been asked to talk about Louis C.K. before (on Friday, when she appeared on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” the subject didn’t come up in her interview), she said in the monologue, “I really, really, really don’t want to. I wish I could sit this one out. But then I remembered something I said on this very show, that if it’s mentionable, it’s manageable, so I’m going to address the elephant masturbating in the room.”

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