Over a year since Babe published a woman’s sexual misconduct allegations against Aziz Ansari, he’s now addressing the issue head-on through comedy.
In his new comedy special released on Netflix, Aziz Ansari: Right Now, the comedian openly discussed the allegations. Ansari shared his reflections on the incident at the end of his show. He revealed feeling fearful of never returning to comedy following the allegations in the wake of the #MeToo movement.
“I saw the world where I don’t ever get to do this again. And it almost felt like I died. In a way, I did,” he said. “That old Aziz who said ‘Oh, treat yo’ self,” whatever, he’s dead. But I’m glad, cause that guy was always looking forward at whatever was next.”
“I realized it’s all ephemeral,” he said. “All that stuff can just go away like this [snap] and all we really have is the moment we’re in with the people we’re with.”
During his set, the 35-year-old spoke out about his experience prior to sharing how his outlook in life was affected by the incident.
“You know, I haven’t said much about that whole thing but I’ve talked about it on this tour, cause you’re here, and it means a lot to me,” he said. “And I’m sure that some of you are curious how I feel about that whole situation. It’s a tricky thing for me to answer, cause I’ve so many things in the last year or so. There are times I felt scared. There are times I’ve felt humiliated. There are times I’ve embarrassed. And ultimately, I just felt terrible that this person felt this way.”