Louis C.K. loses FX, Netflix gigs after remorseful acknowledgment of sexual misconduct

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 22: Louis C.K. attends Tribeca TV Festival’s sneak peek of Better Things at Cinepolis Chelsea on September 22, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for Tribeca TV Festival)

Posted Friday, November 10, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Some of the language in this story may be offensive given the nature of the subject matter. 

Louis C.K., who today admitted sexual miscondcut in front of  several  women recounted in a New York Times investigation Thursday, may still be able to book stand-up shows on the road but his presence on Netflix, FX and HBO is over — for now.

Yesterday, HBO cut ties. Today, Netflix and FX did the same. And his film “I Love You Daddy” will not show up in theaters this month as originally planned. His publicist and management companies have also fled.

Here is FX’s cutting statement:

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. [“One Mississippi” is on Amazon Prime and “The Cops” is an upcoming TBS show that has been suspended for now.]

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.

Louis C.K., a veteran stand-up comic who appeared at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta last year, masturbated or asked to masturbate in front of multiple of women over the years. He released his own statement expressing regret over what he did:

“These stories are true. At the time, I said to myself that what I did was okay because I never showed a woman my dick without asking first, which is also true,” he wrote. “But what I learned later in life, too late, is that when you have power over another person, asking them to look at your dick 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.”
“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 … The hardest regret to live with is what you’ve done to hurt someone else.”
Some supporters and fans see his remorseful statement as sincere and believe this will give him a shot at redemption down the road to resurrect his career. Others believe he is only sorry he got caught and are having a hard time forgiving him.
Marshall Chiles, who owns the Laughing Skull Lounge in Midtown, expects Louis C.K. to “incorporate this into his comedy and go into self discovery with it. He’s brutally honest and his audience will forgive him. America will forgive him as long as he works on being a better person.”
Olivia Cathcart, a local stand-up comic and Creative Loafing writer, is not as sympathetic, especially since the rumors have been floating around for years.
“This has been a long time coming,” she wrote me. “He knew it was coming. He’s denied everything for years and only admitted to it when it became obvious he didn’t have the choice to ignore it anymore. Now that it hurts him financially, he’s confessed and yet in a somehow incredibly boastful way that was devoid of an actual apology to his victims. CK has already had a career richer in opportunities than most will ever swat at and it’s incredibly sad to think of the careers of women he’s hurt or ruined with his actions, not to mention, their physical and mental health while on his way to the top. Louis CK doesn’t need more work and nobody needs more Louis CK. A man’s access to stage time is not worth more than a woman’s safety, period. Trust me, there are plenty of non-dangerous comedians you can go to for a hot take on cell phones.”

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