Embattled comedian Louis C.K. has lost his overall deal with FX Networks and FX Productions, with the network revealing that they are cancelling their overall deal with the comedian and his production company Pig Newton. TBS also announced that they are suspending production on the animated series The Cops, which Louis C.K. created alongside Albert Brooks. Here's the full statement from FX.
"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."
Shortly after FX released their statement, TBS, which produces the animated series The Cops with the FX network and FX Productions, released their own brief statement, revealing that, "Production on The Cops has been suspended until further review." Both Louis C.K. and his co-creator Albert Brooks voiced the two main characters in the series, two Los Angeles patrolmen who often fall short of "protecting and serving" in the City of Angels. While TBS wouldn't state whether or not Louis C.K. would be recast in the series, it certainly seems likely following the sexual harassment claims that Louis C.K. confirmed to be true earlier today.
Also earlier today, The Orchard dropped the release of his upcoming movie, I Love You, Daddy, while HBO announced they are editing out his material from their upcoming Night of Too Many Stars special, slated to air on Saturday, November 18. Netflix also cut ties with the comedian, announcing they will no longer debut the two planned stand-up comedy specials with the comedian. This all happened after a report from The New York Times featured the stories of five female comedians who all stated that the comedian masturbated either in front of them, or over the phone during a phone conversation. The comedian released a lengthy and impassioned statement today, revealing that all of the accounts are true.
While it wan't mentioned in FX's statement, since the show hasn't been in production for quite some time, but FX's announcement also certainly means that Louis C.K.'s hit series Louie is done for good. The comedian hinted in an August interview that Louie Season 6 may never happen, and now the show's fate certainly seems to be set in stone. Louis C.K. is just the latest in a long line of actors and filmmakers who have been accused of sexual harassment and/or assault, such as Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Jeffrey Tambor, Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, director James Toback and many more. The statement from FX Networks brings an end to the Louis C.K. era on the network, and with the comedian being pulled from all of his upcoming projects, it remains to be sene if he will seek treatment for his improper behavior.