FX today made their stance clear in regards to comedian Louis CK — they don’t want him around any of their shows. They confirmed that in the wake of his admission of sexual misconduct with a number of female colleagues, he will be dropped moving forward from any projects bearing his name. That includes Better Things, Baskets, The Cops, and One Mississippi. Louie is not currently in production, but its future was unclear even before the allegations were first revealed.
Take a look at the attached statement for more:
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.
These shows are set to continue, but separate from his involvement. The termination of this relationship does follow up on CK’s statement earlier in the day, where he expressed regret that his actions have cast a dark light on many of the shows he produced and the work of those casts and crew members. In FX ending the partnership and CK stepping away, he may be able to allow them to continue.
Once more, we do not praise CK for any action he may have made in helping to sever this agreement, or in him deciding not to fight it. Had he really wanted praise, he would not have committed the acts in the first place — no matter what justification he may want to create for them he knew at the time that they were abhorrent. He now must live with the consequences and figure out a way to rebuild his life.
We will offer up more updates on this story as they are available. (Photo: FX.)