Comedian and actor Aziz Ansari has largely been on a break from the public eye since accusations of misconduct against him were alleged by a woman in January of 2018.
But now, the Master of None co-creator is returning to Netflix with a new stand-up special called Aziz Ansari: Right Now, directed by Spike Jonez. Ansari confirmed the news on his Twitter account.
Ansari has performed at a handful of pop up events since the accusations were filed, and he addressed the issue candidly. “There were times I felt really upset and humiliated and embarrassed, and ultimately I just felt terrible this person felt this way,” he admitted during one show. “But you know, after a year, how I feel about it is, I hope it was a step forward. It made me think about a lot, and I hope I’ve become a better person.”
Fellow comedian Mindy Kaling has publicly supported Ansari even as she acknowledges that her position is a tricky one, as she recently shared on the podcast “The Last Laugh.” “So many young women had such a personal reaction and were writing about, ‘If you support this then you’re erasing our story,’ and I truly have so much empathy,” she said. “I don’t think that by me supporting my friend who I think is a really wonderful person and a good person that that negates the power of these young women’s stories.”
Of Ansari’s apology and subsequent comments about the alleged misconduct, Kaling said, “I thought it was just really bold and honest and admirable. He talked about it in a way where he learned so much from it in a way that other people don’t.”
Aziz Ansari: Right Now is available for streaming on Netflix starting on July 9.