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Louis C.K. loses FX, Netflix gigs after remorseful acknowledgment of sexual misconduct

Posted Friday, November 10, 2017 by RODNEY HO/ on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Some of the language in this story may be offensive given the nature of the subject matter. 

Louis C.K., who today admitted sexual miscondcut in front of  several  women recounted in a New York Times investigation Thursday, may still be able to book stand-up shows on the road but his presence on Netflix, FX and HBO is over -- for now.

Yesterday, HBO cut ties. Today, Netflix and FX did the same. And his film "I Love You Daddy" will not show up in theaters this month as originally planned. His publicist and management companies have also fled.

Here is FX's cutting statement:

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. ["One Mississippi" is on Amazon Prime and "The Cops" is an upcoming TBS show that has been suspended for now.]

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.

Louis C.K., a veteran stand-up comic who appeared at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta last year, masturbated or asked to masturbate in front of multiple of women over the years. He released his own statement expressing regret over what he did:

"These stories are true. At the time, I said to myself that what I did was okay because I never showed a woman my dick without asking first, which is also true," he wrote. "But what I learned later in life, too late, is that when you have power over another person, asking them to look at your dick isn't a question. It's a predicament for them. The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly."

"There is nothing about this that I forgive myself for. And I have to reconcile it with who I am. Which is nothing compared to the task I left them with ... The hardest regret to live with is what you've done to hurt someone else."

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Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.