“It was always out there, but then it would pick up momentum at different times. I would ask him about it. I would say, ‘This story about you forcing these women to watch you jerk off, what is that, is that true?’ He goes, ‘No, it’s not true. It’s not real. It’s a rumour.’
“I would say, ‘Well, are you going to address it somehow? Handle it? Get out from under it whenever it shows up?’ ‘No I can’t, I can’t do that. I can’t give it life, give it air.’ That was the conversation.”
Despite C.K.’s issues, Maron said in his podcast that he’d continue to support his friend.
“It’s probably the best time to be his friend when he needs to make some changes in his life and, you know, I can learn from it,” he said.
“He can learn from it, I hope. I certainly can’t condone anything he did. There was no way to justify it, there’s no way to defend it … There’s no way to let him off the hook.”