HBO, FX, and Netflix Respond to the Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Louis C.K.
Two of the networks associated with Louis C.K. have responded to the allegations published by The New York Times yesterday. According to Entertainment Weekly, HBO announced that C.K. will no longer participate in its upcoming Night of Too Many Stars special, and the network is also removing all of C.K.’s past projects from its On Demand service, including C.K.’s HBO standup specials and series Lucky Louie. FX, meanwhile, released the below statement yesterday saying that the situation is “currently under review”:
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.
C.K.’s publicist also told The New York Times that C.K. will be releasing a written statement in response to the news “in the coming days.”
UPDATE: Netflix has also responded to the news by scrapping plans for another C.K. standup special. Here’s the statement they released today:
The allegations made by several women in The New York Times about Louis C.K.’s behavior are disturbing. Louis’s unprofessional and inappropriate behavior with female colleagues has led us to decide not to produce a second stand up special, as had been planned.
UPDATE 2: FX just released the below statement, announcing that they are severing ties with C.K.:
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 eight 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.”