As detailed in a very long post, a lot has been happening concerning Louis C.K. in the last 24 hours. His movie premiere was canceled, then the entire distribution of the movie was canceled. He was pulled from a HBO special, had his second special on Netflix canceled, and finally admitted that the allegations of sexual misconduct made against him in a New York Times article were true. At the time, FX said they were “investigating” the problem. Now that C.K. has admitted they are true, FX Network has made a statement. Deadline reports the network is cutting ties with the comedian completely.
Today, FX Networks and FX Productions are ending our association with Louis C.K. We are cancelling 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.
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.
FX Networks and FX Productions remain committed to doing everything we can to ensure that all people work in an environment that is safe, respectful and fair, and we will continue our review of all of these productions to ensure that was and is the case.
C.K.’s statement has been receiving mixed criticism. He does own up to what he did and he takes responsibility for it, but doesn’t outright say he’s sorry for what the distress he caused. However, in the age of backwards apologies and the various forms of “I don’t remember,” and “I’m sorry you were offended,” this is about as good as a statement as we can expect.
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