4:30pm PT by Michael O'Connell
Louis C.K. "Under Review" at FX After Sexual Misconduct Claims
In the wake of the latest damning testimonials against a prominent entertainment industry figure, Louis C.K.'s future TV and film prospects are in doubt — and he's got a lot of them.
The auteur comic, lauded with Emmys for his five-season run on FX's loosely autobiographical Louie, was accused by five separate women of sexual misconduct in a detailed report Thursday by The New York Times. Those women claimed C.K. either masturbated in front of them or asked permission to do so.
As for FX Networks and FX Productions, where C.K. has had a fruitful overall deal, a statement Thursday read as follows: “We are obviously very troubled by the allegations about Louis C.K. published in The New York Times today. The network has received no allegations of misconduct by Louis C.K. related to any of our 5 shows produced together over the past 8 years. FX Networks and FXP take all necessary actions to protect our employees and thoroughly investigate any allegations of misconduct within our workplace. That said, the matter is currently under review.”
C.K.'s business with FX extends far beyond his dormant series, which hasn't aired a new episode since 2015. He has creator and executive producer credits on two other current FX comedies, Zach Galifianakis' Baskets and Pamela Adlon's Better Things.
Elsewhere, C.K. has a standup special deal with Netflix, an executive producer credit on Amazon's One Mississippi and his self-released 2016 dramedy Horace and Pete now streams on Hulu. (He's already been dropped from HBO comedy special A Night of Too Many Stars, as the network has cut all lingering ties to the comedian.)
Most pressingly, C.K. has a film, I Love You, Daddy, that was scheduled to be released Nov. 17, but its premiere Thursday night was canceled and its studio Orchard is said to be reconsidering the timing altogether.
“In light of the allegations concerning Louis C.K. referenced in today’s New York Times, we are cancelling tonight’s premiere of I Love You, Daddy," the studio said in a statement. "There is never a place for the behavior detailed in these allegations. As a result, we are giving careful consideration to the timing and release of the film and continuing to review the situation."