Comedian and “Louie” creator and star Louis C.K. has admitted to sexual misconduct against several women who told their stories to The New York Times.
In the wake of the Times story, which was published Thursday, Netflix has dropped a planned stand-up special from C.K. The streaming service announced earlier in the year that it would debut two new specials featuring C.K., the first of which debuted in April. The second one hasn’t been produced yet — and now won’t be.
The April special, “2017,” and 2015’s “Live at the Comedy Store,” however, remain available for viewing.
Film company The Orchard also announced it would no longer distribute C.K.’s feature film “I Love You, Daddy” and he was dropped from the roster of HBO’s “Night of Too Many Stars” benefit for autism research.
Friday afternoon, FX said it was ending an overall deal with C.K. “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,'” the statement reads.
“Better Things” and “Baskets” air on FX, and “One Mississippi” streams on Amazon. “The Cops,” an animated series, was set to premiere on TBS in 2018; the channel said late Friday it has suspended production on the show.
“Better Things,” which C.K. produced and co-wrote with creator and star Pamela Adlon, was recently picked up for a third season, and Season 3 of “Baskets” premieres in January.
“Louie” last aired in May 2015.
C.K.’s agency, 3 Arts, has also cut ties with him.
In a statement released Thursday after the Times story broke, FX Networks says, “We are obviously very troubled by the allegations about Louis C.K. published in The New York Times. … 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 [FX Productions] 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.”
Friday’s FX statement reiterates that “as far as we know,” C.K. acted professionally on the shows he made with FX and FX Productions. “However,” it reads, “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.”
The Times story detailed how on several occasions, C.K. masturbated in front of women or while on the phone with them, without their consent. Rumors about the comedian’s conduct had circulated for years, and an episode of Tig Notaro’s “One Mississippi” earlier this year seemed to address the allegations.
C.K. had as recently as last month dismissed the allegations as “rumors” but on Friday released a long statement confirming them. The full statement is below.
I want to address the stories told to the New York Times by five women named Abby, Rebecca, Dana, Julia who felt able to name themselves and one who did not.
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. 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.
I have been remorseful of my actions. And I’ve tried to learn from them. And run from them. Now I’m aware of the extent of the impact of my actions. I learned yesterday the extent to which I left these women who admired me feeling badly about themselves and cautious around other men who would never have put them in that position.
I also took advantage of the fact that I was widely admired in my and their community, which disabled them from sharing their story and brought hardship to them when they tried because people who look up to me didn’t want to hear it. I didn’t think that I was doing any of that because my position allowed me not to think about it.
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.
I wish I had reacted to their admiration of me by being a good example to them as a man and given them some guidance as a comedian, including because I admired their work.
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. I’d be remiss to exclude the hurt that I’ve brought on people who I work with and have worked with who’s professional and personal lives have been impacted by all of this, including projects currently in production: the cast and crew of “Better Things,” “Baskets,” “The Cops,” “One Mississippi,” and “I Love You Daddy.” I deeply regret that this has brought negative attention to my manager Dave Becky who only tried to mediate a situation that I caused. I’ve brought anguish and hardship to the people at FX who have given me so much The Orchard who took a chance on my movie and every other entity that has bet on me through the years.
I’ve brought pain to my family, my friends, my children and their mother.
I have spent my long and lucky career talking and saying anything I want. I will now step back and take a long time to listen.
Thank you for reading.