Ken Baker’s Publisher Suspends Promotion of New Book Amid Sexual Misconduct Probe (Exclusive)

E! News recently parted ways with long-time correspondent

Last Updated: November 28, 2017 @ 9:42 AM

Crown Publishing has suspended all promotion of Ken Baker’s new book, “The Ken Commandments: My Search for God in Hollywood,” following accusations of sexual misconduct by the former E! News correspondent.

“We will not be doing any book promotion until the inquiry into the allegations have been concluded,” a representative of Convergent Books, a Christian book imprint at Penguin Random House, told TheWrap.

E! News and Baker decided to part ways last week, a decision they said was unrelated to a recent investigation into whether Baker sexually harassed two women at the network.

Baker left E!’s airwaves last month after TheWrap reported that the two women had accused him of sexual misconduct. A third woman later said he had touched her inappropriately when they worked together at his previous job at Us Weekly. Baker joined E! News in 2008.

“The investigation into the recent allegations relating to Ken Baker is still ongoing,” an E! spokesperson said in a statement to TheWrap last Wednesday. “However, unrelated to the investigation, the network and Mr. Baker have mutually agreed that he will not be returning to his role on E! News. We will not be commenting further.”

It was unclear if the publisher is conducting a separate investigation into the claims against Baker.

Baker issued a statement to TheWrap in which he said he and E! had agreed to part ways earlier this year, after the release of his book, which came out in mid-September.

Early on in his book tour, Baker had condemned Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein after dozens of women stepped forward with accusations of sexual harassment and assault; Weinstein has denied engaging in nonconsensual sex.

“Even a guy like Harvey Weinstein, who I think pretty much everyone can agree was exhibiting monstrous behavior, I have learned, that even for someone like that, to have compassion and I think that’s something really important,” he told Public Libraries Online.

“It’s hard to articulate, because what I find is if I start exhibiting compassion for someone like that in what I do, I notice that the mass audiences will be like, ‘Oh. he deserves nothing.’ There’s so much vitriol. If we react to a monster in a monstrous way are we better? Or are we just on their level?”