Earlier today, a bombshell report from the New York Times detailed a series of allegations of sexual misconduct against Louis CK. The star, writer, and executive producer of Louie is facing an immense amount of backlash due to the allegations, which are all graphic and terrible in nature.
While CK’s future in this industry is going to be determined by a wide range of other people, what CarterMatt can offer up is a statement from FX, the network that worked and collaborated with him for many years on Louie plus a number of other projects that he executive producers. This list includes Better Things, Baskets, and many others.
Here is what they had to say in full:
“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.”
For those wondering, Louie is currently in the midst of hiatus and there was no telling if it would ever be back in the first place. After some of these new reports it’s hard to imagine that it would be. FX is a network and a brand that has so much quality scripted entertainment that they don’t need Louie; no self-respecting network needs any sort of content from someone accused of sexual harassment or misconduct. There’s no place for it. Seeing the laundry list of men accused, whether it be Roy Moore, CK, Jeremy Piven, or the many others, is terrible; yet, if one good thing can come of it, it’s removing all of these terrible people from the industry so that the message is sent loud and clear that their alleged behavior is unacceptable.
Our hope is that regardless of how this story unfolds, CK or FX will do the right thing and distance Better Things and Baskets from him. These shows are not about him and their talent should be allowed to continue to do great work without the specter of him hanging over the end product.
Once more news is available on this subject, we will have that for you here. For now, we welcome some of your thoughts on the matter below. (Photo: FX.)