Louis C.K. recently made his return to the comedy club circuit, but not without some controversy.
In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter announcing the opening of his own comedy club at Caesar’s in Las Vegas, Jimmy Kimmel was asked how he would deal with a controversial situation like C.K.’s.
“If we get into the business of sanitizing every comedian and doing a thorough background check before they walk through the door, it’s going to be a very empty stage,” Kimmel said. “I think people tend to focus on the one or two people who walk out of a situation like that. Ultimately, the audience decides whether someone is welcomed back.”
Last year, in the wake of the #MeToo movement, C.K. was accused by several women of exposing himself and masturbating in front of them without their consent.
Kimmel also spoke about his approach to bringing more diversity to the comedy stage.
“Comedy is very democratic. The people who are great, rise to the top; the people who are good, rise to the middle; and the people who aren’t good, don’t make it. We want to get a lot of very funny people, and we want to give new comics an opportunity to work,” he said.
“I don’t focus on their gender or their skin colour,” Kimmel added. “I’d never want a woman to think that the reason she’s booked to be on stage at a club is because she’s a woman. The reason she’ll be booked to be on stage is because she’s funny.”