Louis C.K. faced steep professional consequences after admitting to a history of sexual misconduct, but his friend Bill Burr predicts that it won’t be forever.
“I love Louis C.K. and that was really, obviously just a f—ing hard thing to see happen to somebody,” the comedian said on his “Monday Morning” podcast. “He was 100 percent wrong, he did own up to it. And I think he will definitely be back, I will say that.”
In a New York Times report last week, multiple women accused C.K. of masturbating in front of them or asking to. The comedian later issued a statement admitting that the allegations were true and saying that he’d be taking a “step back” for the time being.
“I also know a couple of the women he did this s— to, and I just feel bad for everybody. It’s just f—ing terrible,” Burr said. “I feel like I’m in a divorce where you know both the mom and the dad and you have to pick a f—ing side.”
Within days of the allegations coming out, C.K. was dropped as a client by his agent, publicist Lewis Kay and manager Dave Becky. Netflix, HBO and FX all cut ties with the comedian, either dropping planned projects or removing his credits from existing series.
Becky was also named in the Times report, which said the manager, whose client lists include such names as Amy Poehler and Aziz Ansari, attempted to stop two of C.K.’s victims from speaking out about their experience with the comedian.
Though Becky came under fire for his actions (for which he has apologized), Burr, another one of his clients, called Becky “one of the great people that I’ve ever met in life.”
“Just this new thing, the level of witch hunt that happened when the Louis thing came out, the amount of people that they went after, it was like six degrees of Louis’ d—,” he said. “I stand by my f—ing manager, and I’m never firing the guy.”
“It’s just f—ing ridiculous. People, this is America, remember? Due process?” he continued. “I wouldn’t be surprised if people went after his mailman saying, ‘If you deliver [C.K.’s] mail, you’re part of the problem.'”
Burr went on to question whether or not the swift punishment for C.K. was appropriate.
“This kind of seems like it’s become– it doesn’t make a difference if it’s sexual misconduct, all the way to sexual assault/rape. You’re getting the exact same level of punishment,” he said. “He was definitely wrong, obviously. This is all obvious s— that I’m saying, but does the punishment match the crime?”