No less than four FX series understandably cut ties with Louis C.K. once word of his harassment habits broke, but animated TBS comedy The Cops only suspended production. Now, TBS and FX have opted not to replace C.K. as star and producer; rather shuttering the series altogether.
Dave Chappelle managed to address the controversy surrounding last year’s standup specials, and ignite a new one all at once. The comedian’s latest Netflix standup offers a measured response to jokes about Caitlyn Jenner and the transgender community, though a subsequent special sees Chappelle questioning both the #MeToo movement and fellow comedian Louis C.K.’s accusers.
Sexual harassment revelations against Louis C.K. have naturally precluded any new projects, but Disney has taken matters one step further. Multiple episodes of the Disney Channel’s Gravity Falls have taken to overdubbing C.K.’s voice, so as to remove any association with the comedian.
After numerous women accused comedian Louis C.K. of sexual harassment, The Orchard immediately nixed plans to premiere and release the black-and-white film he shot in secret over the summer. I Love You, Daddy, which was set to hit theaters on November 17, was shelved as C.K. released a public statement acknowledging his history of predatory behavior with female peers and colleagues. C.K. has remained silent in the weeks since, but according to Deadline, the comedian and director is closing a deal to buy the rights to I Love You, Daddy back from the distributor.
FX seemed somewhat slower to cut ties with producing partner Louis C.K., instead labeling their relationship “under review.” Now, following the comedian’s own statement, FX confirms C.K. will no longer act as producer to Better Things, Baskets or others, with production suspended on a TBS comedy as well.
In recent months, while promoting the release of his upcoming indie feature I Love You, Daddy, Louis C.K. has been asked about rumors of his sexual misconduct that have circulated for years. Given that some parts of his film eerily — and perhaps even brazenly — evoke those rumors, it’s a fair question, but one he has repeatedly dodged, refusing to validate those rumors by so much as acknowledging them. But after five women came forward with allegations about C.K.’s past sexual misconduct in the New York Times, the comedian has finally broken his silence in a heartfelt letter.
Seeing as HBO, FX and the outlet behind Louis C.K.’s new film all severed ties with the comedian after a string of sexual misconduct reports, Netflix was sure to follow. The streaming service has canceled plans for a new comedy special with C.K. it previously announced.