Louis C.K. has been dropped by FX, hours after the star confirmed the validity of numerous sexual harassment accusations against him.
“Today, FX Networks and FX Productions are ending our association with Louis C.K.,” the companies said in a statement released Friday. “We are canceling the overall deal between FX Productions and his production company, Pig Newton.”
C.K. will no longer serve as executive producer or receive compensation on the four shows he works on with FX Networks and FX Productions. These include FX’s “Better Things” and “Baskets,” Amazon’s “One Mississippi” and TBS’ in-development animated series “The Cops.” (TBS announced today it has suspended production on “Cops.”)
Less than 10 minutes after FX’s statement, publicist Lewis Kay announced on Twitter that he has dropped C.K. as a client.
C.K. was accused of sexual misconduct by five women in a New York Times story published Thursday. This led the embattled star to say in a statement that the “stories are true,” and that he has “been remorseful” for his actions.
In the wake of the Times article, C.K.’s film “I Love You, Daddy” has been dropped by distributor The Orchard, and Netflix has scuttled plans for his upcoming comedy special. Meanwhile, HBO has dismissed him from this weekend’s “A Night of Too Many Stars” special, along with removing his comedy specials and series “Lucky Louie” from its on-demand services.
Kay’s tweet and FX’s statement are below.
Today, FX Networks and FX Productions are ending our association with Louis C.K. We are canceling 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 eight 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.
FX Networks and FX Productions remain committed to doing everything we can to ensure that all people work in an environment that is safe, respectful and fair, and we will continue our review of all of these productions to ensure that was and is the case.