Louis C.K.’s career careening downward after sexual harassment allegations

HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 28: Actor Louis C.K. speaks onstage during the 88th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Posted Thursday, November 9, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

With each revelation about well-known men as predator, the negative reactions seem to be coming even swifter.

Fewer than six hours after the New York Times wrote a story about comic Louis C.K. sexually harassing five women today, HBO said it was going to take down all past Louis C.K. projects from its on-demand app, including his short-lived 2006 series “Lucky Louie.” It also cut him from its annual charity event “Night of Too Many Stars” airing November 18.

FX, which has aired his award-winning series “Louie,” hasn’t immediately cut ties but released this statement:

“We are obviously very troubled by the allegations about Louis C.K. published in The New York Times today. The network has received no allegations of misconduct by Louis C.K. related to any of our 5 shows produced together over the past 8 years.  FX Networks and FXP take all necessary actions to protect our employees and thoroughly investigate any allegations of misconduct within our workplace. That said, the matter is currently under review.”

His new movie “I Love You, Daddy” is suddenly up in the air and any promotion for that film has been nixed.

No word yet about the future of his multiple Netflix specials.

Louis C.K., who is often quite self deprecating about his own sexual prowess, has come to Atlanta several times over the years doing stand-up. In his earlier years, he’d go to the Punchline. He headlined the Funny or Die comedy festival at Lakewood in 2014.

While these allegations may doom his TV and film prospects, he may still find an audience for his stand up.

RELATED: A review of Louis C.K’s 2016 show at the Fox Theatre


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