In a lengthy open letter, Coopersmith details all of the various instances in which Walk (pictured top left alongside Meghan Trainer, Diddy, and DJ Khaled) leveraged power over her, including lewd remarks, unwanted physical contact, and coercion in order for her to advance further in her career. It’s a powerful read and it is worth taking a longer look at. The alleged misconduct took place during Walk’s time at Sony; he is now a prominent record executive over at Republic, in addition to being a judge on the singing competition in its first season.
What Fox now has to decide is whether or not to remove Walk from the final episodes of the series, and of course whether or not to bring him back in the event there is another season. The odds of the latter seem to be slim to none; Walk’s not a selling point of the show, and even if he was in this climate it is hard to imagine anyone lining up with an interest in keeping him around. We do think it would be fine to dismiss him before the end of the season, largely because this is a show that can operate without a problem with a smaller panel of judges. There’s no need to hire anyone else for the remainder of the season.
Walk has yet to respond publicly to the allegations, and neither has Fox. Yet, we have a feeling that this will change within the next 24 hours. In this present Time’s Up climate we’re starting to see networks do the right thing and that is to address these controversies when they first come out, as opposed to waiting and hoping the story will go away. We’re not accusing any particular network of this, but it is something that we have absolutely seen take place in the past.
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