Joel McHale is defending fellow comedian Aziz Ansari after he was accused of sexual misconduct.
Claims from an anonymous 23-year-old came forward in early January accusing Ansari of pushing the boundaries of consent during a sexual encounter.
McHale, in an interview with TMZ, came to defend Ansari, “It was probably just a really bad date,” he said.
Adding, “The problem is that people will read just the name and then just the accusation, and they don’t find out anything more than that. But it sounds like it was consensual.”
Despite his support for Ansari, McHale still backs the Me Too movement, “The Me Too movement is tremendous and it is awesome and needs to continue forever. But if someone had a bad date, then it was a bad date.”
Following the accusations, Ansari skipped out on Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards. He was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series for his work in “Master of None”.