Louis C.K. scandal: FX, Netflix, publicist cut ties after admission of sexual misconduct
In a surprising statement, comedian Louis C.K. said the allegations in the recent 'New York Times' report are true. Video provided by Newsy.
Louis C.K. lost a host of jobs on Friday, including his gig with the upcoming Secret Life of Pets sequel.
"Universal Pictures and Illumination have terminated their relationship with Louis C.K. on The Secret Life of Pets 2," read a statement sent by Universal spokesman Evan Langweiler. The comedian voiced the protagonist in animated 2016 film, playing a terrier mix named Max.
And FX Networks announced late Friday afternoon that it was cutting ties with the comedianafter he admitted to sexual misconduct with five women, as revealed by The New York Times.
"Today, FX Networks and FX Productions are ending our association with Louis C.K," representative Jesse Hiestand confirmed to USA TODAY in a statement. "We are canceling the overall deal between FX Productions and his production company, Pig Newton. He will no longer serve as executive producer or receive compensation on any of the four shows we were producing with him: Better Things, Baskets, One Mississippi and The Cops."
The statement continued, "Louis has now confirmed the truth of the reports relating to the five women victimized by his misconduct, which we were unaware of previously. As far as we know, his behavior over the past 8 years on all five series he has produced for FX Networks and/or FX Productions has been professional. However, now is not the time for him to make television shows. Now is the time for him to honestly address the women who have come forth to speak about their painful experiences, a process which he began today with his public statement."
A couple of hours later, Better Things star Pamela Adlon, who writes and produces the comedy with C.K., issued her own statement via FX:
"Hi. I’m here. I have to say something. It’s so important. My family and I are devastated and in shock after the admission of abhorrent behavior by my friend and partner, Louis C.K," she wrote. "I feel deep sorrow and empathy for the women who have come forward. I am asking for privacy at this time for myself and my family. I am processing and grieving and hope to say more as soon as I am able."
The FX decision came hours after comedian's publicist, Lewis Kay, released C.K.'s written remarks. (Hours later, Kay tweeted that he was no longer representing C.K.)
Those remarks are presented in their entirety below:
I want to address the stories told to The New York Times by five women named Abby, Rebecca, Dana, Julia who felt able to name themselves and one who did not.
These stories are true," he admitted. "At the time, I said to myself that what I did was okay because I never showed a woman my (penis) without asking first, which is also true. But what I learned later in life, too late, is that when you have power over another person, asking them to look at your (penis) isn’t a question. It’s a predicament for them. The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly.
I have been remorseful of my actions. And I've tried to learn from them. And run from them. Now I’m aware of the extent of the impact of my actions. I learned yesterday the extent to which I left these women who admired me feeling badly about themselves and cautious around other men who would never have put them in that position.
I also took advantage of the fact that I was widely admired in my and their community, which disabled them from sharing their story and brought hardship to them when they tried because people who look up to me didn't want to hear it. I didn't think that I was doing any of that because my position allowed me not to think about it. There is nothing about this that I forgive myself for. And I have to reconcile it with who I am. Which is nothing compared to the task I left them with.
I wish I had reacted to their admiration of me by being a good example to them as a man and given them some guidance as a comedian, including because I admired their work.
The hardest regret to live with is what you've done to hurt someone else. And I can hardly wrap my head around the scope of hurt I brought on them. I’d be remiss to exclude the hurt that I’ve brought on people who I work with and have worked with whose professional and personal lives have been impacted by all of this, including projects currently in production: the cast and crew of Better Things, Baskets, The Cops, One Mississippi, and I Love You, Daddy. I deeply regret that this has brought negative attention to my manager Dave Becky who only tried to mediate a situation that I caused. I’ve brought anguish and hardship to the people at FX who have given me so much: The Orchard who took a chance on my movie, and every other entity that has bet on me through the years.
I’ve brought pain to my family, my friends, my children and their mother.
I have spent my long and lucky career talking and saying anything I want. I will now step back and take a long time to listen. Thank you for reading.
Outside the infamous New York comedy club Comedy Cellar, comedians and fans discuss Louis C.K., who has been accused of sexual misconduct toward several women. (Nov. 10)
The professional fallout
FX's decision capped a day of considerable career fallout for C.K.
Early Friday morning, I Love You, Daddy distributor Orchard Films announced that the film company would be scrapping C.K.'s new movie, which was slated to open in limited release on Nov. 17.
“The Orchard will not be moving forward with the release of I Love You, Daddy," the statement reads. The shelving follows the cancellation of the movie's New York premiere, originally scheduled for Tuesday.
Next, streaming service Netflix announced it would not be moving forward with its second planned C.K. standup special, the follow-up to the comedian's 2017 released in April.
“The allegations made by several women in the New York Times about Louis C.K.’s behavior are disturbing," Netflix told USA TODAY in a statement provided by spokesperson Karen Barragan. "Louis' unprofessional and inappropriate behavior with female colleagues has led us to decide not to produce a second stand up special, as had been planned.”