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- FX announced that the network will be ending its relationship with Louis C.K.
- C.K. was an executive producer on multiple shows including “Better Things” and “Baskets,” and was the creator and star of “Louie.”
- C.K. has been accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct, which he publicly apologized for Friday.
On Friday, FX announced that it would end its relationship with Louis C.K., amid stories of sexual misconduct that the comedian apologized for, and admitted were “true.”
“We are cancelling the overall deal between FX Productions and his production company, Pig Newton,” FX said in a statement. “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.'”
With “Louie,” FX helped launch Louis C.K.’s successful career in television. Before taking a shot with FX, C.K. had tried with “Lucky Louie” at HBO and failed. “Louie” also helped FX go into more creative programming, which it’s known for today. “Louie” won multiple Emmy awards throughout its run, and paved the way for a deep relationship between FX and C.K.
“Louis has now confirmed the truth of the reports relating to the five women victimized by his misconduct, which we were unaware of previously,” FX wrote. “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.”
This announcement came after Netflix canceled its upcoming standup special with C.K., HBO removed his standup from its catalog, and The Orchard canceled the release of his new film (“I Love You, Daddy”).