On the heels of Louis C.K.’s lengthy statement Friday admitting that accusations against him of sexual misconduct are true, the comedian’s longtime cable network partner FX is cutting all ties with him effective immediately.
FX released this 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.
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.”
FX did not mention the comedian’s scripted half-hour series Louie, which stars Louis C.K. as a fictionalized version of himself. The show ran for five seasons until 2015, and was never officially canceled but has been on an extended hiatus (and presumably will not return).
Earlier Friday, the acclaimed comedian confessed in a lengthy statement (read it here) that allegations by five women claiming he masturbated in front of them — or at least tried to — “are true … 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.”
The statement was a reversal from the star denying whispers of misconduct in an interview last year, when he said, “they’re rumors, that’s all that is.”
Since The New York Times report on Thursday, Louis C.K.’s other business partners have issued statements distancing themselves from the comedian to varying degrees as well. Netflix canceled an upcoming planned stand-up special (but will keep his previous specials on its service), HBO pulled all Louis C.K.’s content from its On Demand library, and production company The Orchard has scrapped its plan to distribute his new film, I Love You, Daddy. Universal Pictures and Illumination also announced that they’d “terminated their relationship with Louis C.K. on The Secret Life of Pets 2.”
Louis C.K.’s longtime publicist, Lewis Kay, also tweeted that he no longer represents the comedian.
“I have spent my long and lucky career talking and saying anything I want,” C.K. said in his statement. “I will now step back and take a long time to listen.”