Sarah Silverman opened up this week’s episode of her Hulu show by reflecting on Louis C.K. verifying last week that numerous sexual harassment accusations against him are true.
“One of my best friends of over 25 years, Louis C.K., masturbated in front of women,” Silverman said in the cold open of “I Love You, America” on Thursday. “He wielded his power with women in f—ed up ways, sometimes to the point where they left comedy entirely. I could couch this with heartwarming stories of our friendship and what a great dad he is — but that’s totally irrelevant, isn’t it? Yes, it is.”
“It’s a real mind f—, you know, because I love Louis, but Louis did these things,” Silverman continued. “Both of those statements are true, so I just keep asking myself, ‘Can you love someone who did bad things? Can you still love them?’ I can mull that over later, certainly, because the only people that matter right now are the victims.”
Five women accused C.K. of sexual misconduct in a New York Times article that published Nov. 9. The “Louis” star said the next day that all of the accusations in the Times story are true, leading management company 3 Arts, agency APA and publicist Lewis Kay to drop him as a client.
C.K.’s film “I Love You, Daddy” has been shelved by distributor The Orchard, while FX cut ties with the star and dropped his executive producer credit from all of his projects with the company.
Silverman’s cold open can be seen in the video above.