In the wake of the article's publication, Ansari wrote in a statement that he "took [the woman's] words to heart and responded privately after taking the time to process what she had said."
Well, Aziz is now fully back in the public eye with the release of his Netflix special, Aziz Ansari: Right Now. And at the beginning of the show, Aziz addresses his sexual misconduct controversy head-on.
“You know, I haven’t said much about that whole thing, but I’ve talked about it on this tour," he tells the audience. "Because you’re here and it means a lot to me. And I’m sure some of you are curious how I feel about that whole situation."
"There’s times I felt scared. There’s times I felt humiliated. There’s times I felt embarrassed. And ultimately, I just felt terrible that this person felt this way. And after a year or so, I just hope it was a step forward."
He talks about what he sees as a possible upside of all this:
It moved things forward for me and made me think about a lot. I hope I’ve become a better person. And I always think about a conversation I had with one of my friends where he was like, ‘You know what, man? That whole thing made me think about every date I’ve ever been on.’ And I thought, ‘Wow. Well, that’s pretty incredible.' It’s made not just me, but other people be more thoughtful, and that’s a good thing. And that's how I feel about it.