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Louis C.K. Dropped by Netflix, FX, I Love You, Daddy Distributor (Updated)

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Louis C.K. Dropped by Netflix, FX, <i>I Love You, Daddy</i> Distributor (Updated)

Update: FX has announced in a statement that it will end its association with Louis C.K., who this afternoon admitted to the sexual misconduct accusations made against him.

FX’s statement reads:

Today, FX Networks and FX Productions are ending our association with Louis C.K. We are cancelling 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 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.

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.

Original Story: Indie distributor The Orchard “will not be moving forward with the release” of Louis C.K.’s I Love You, Daddy after yesterday’s bombshell New York Times report, in which five women accused the comedian of sexual misconduct. The film, which C.K. wrote and directed, was previously set to be released in select theaters on Nov. 17 ahead of a wider release in subsequent weeks.

“There is never a place for the behavior detailed in these allegations,” said The Orchard in a statement on Friday, per THR. “As a result, we are giving careful consideration to the timing and release of the film and continuing to review the situation.” I Love You, Daddy’s premiere was abruptly cancelled yesterday (along with C.K.’s appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) after word got out that a potentially damning NYT report on C.K. was imminent.

In addition, Netflix has now announced that they will no longer release an exclusive C.K. stand-up special, the second of two that they had lined up earlier this year. “The allegations made by several women in The New York Times about Louis C.K.’s behavior are disturbing,” the streamer said in a statement, per The NYT. “Louis’s unprofessional and inappropriate behavior with female colleagues has led us to decide not to produce a second stand-up special, as had been planned.” C.K.’s first Netflix-exclusive stand-up special, 2017, was released in April. As of this writing, there are five C.K. stand-up specials streaming on Netflix, including 2017.

HBO  has severed ties with C.K., as well, dropping him from their forthcoming Night of Too Many Stars comedy special, and removing his 2006 series Lucky Louie from its streaming service, as well as a number of his stand-up specials. FX, too—home to C.K.’s Emmy-winning series Louie and two other shows from C.K.’s production company, Baskets and Better Things—has said it is “very troubled” by The NYT’s report, and that “the matter is currently under review.”

The NYT’s report detailed on-the-record accusations from five women who said C.K. had sexually harassed them, in some cases by masturbating in front of them without their consent. Comedians Julia Wolov and Dana Min Goodman said they were invited to C.K.’s hotel room during an Aspen, Colo. comedy festival—they accepted, soon after which C.K. “proceeded to take all of his clothes off, and get completely naked, and started masturbating.” Another comedian named Rebecca Corry said that, while on the set of a TV pilot in 2005, C.K. “asked if [they] could go to [her] dressing room so he could masturbate in front of [her].” Yet another comic named Abby Schachner said she could hear C.K. masturbating during a 2003 phone conversation, and a fifth, anonymous woman said C.K. “repeatedly asked her to watch him masturbate” while they worked together on The Chris Rock Show in the late ‘90s. Though she acquiesced, she told The NYT, “It was something that I knew was wrong,” as C.K. was a key writer and producer on the show.

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