Janeane Garofalo Defends Louis C.K.: ‘Leave Him Alone…He Has Paid Heavily’

During the most recent episode of Bust’s podcast Poptarts, comedian Janeane Garofalo defended her longtime friend Louis C.K., saying he’s suffered enough and, “I don’t believe in kicking a person when they’re down.”

As the debate continues around whether or not Louis C.K. should be able to return to stand-up in the wake of the New York Times reporting on his sexual misconduct, one of the comedian’s longtime friends has come to his defense. During the most recent episode of Bust’s podcast Poptarts, Garofalo was asked by hosts Emily Rems and Callie Watts about how the #MeToo movement has affected the comedy world, which led to a very tense discussion about C.K.’s recent return to performing stand-up at New York City venues like the Comedy Cellar.

“When it comes to the #MeToo movement, I think it’s okay to question the source. It should transcend gender. It’s human rights. Cause if you don’t, anyone can be accused of anything at any time,” Garofalo said. “And if you’re not allowed to question that — I can say right now ‘I’ve got pictures of you molesting a child. Don’t question me!’ You know what I mean? Don’t question the questioner! Then it’s a Twilight Zone episode. And I think in any movement, for human rights, you’ve got to transcend gender, and you’ve got to consider who’s making the accusation and why and when, because it matters.”

Then the subject of C.K. entered the discussion. “Leave Louis C.K. alone. Enough with that. And again, there are so many issues we gotta be motivated on. He’s been my friend — and I stand by that — he’s been my friend since 1985, and I think he has suffered,” she said. “And when he performs at the Comedy Cellar and people get all irate, if nothing else, care about his daughters. If nothing else — if you can find no compassion for him, which I think you should — think about how his daughters, who hear all of this stuff, feel. Why don’t you leave him alone for them if you’re so women-empowering?”

The hosts then took issue with Garofalo’s point about C.K.’s daughters, and a tense exchange followed: