Louis CK's Career Is Crumbling Amid Misconduct Claims

HBO is parting ways with him, and his latest movie has been canceled
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 10, 2017 2:51 AM CST
Updated Nov 10, 2017 4:50 PM CST
HBO Cuts Ties With Louis CK
In this Aug. 9, 2017 photo, Louis CK participates in the "Better Things" panel during the FX Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

The career that Louis CK spent decades building started to crumble within hours of a report detailing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. HBO announced Thursday that it is parting ways with the comedian, who will no longer appear in its Nov. 18 Night of Too Many Stars autism special. "In addition, HBO is removing Louis CK's past projects from its On Demand services," the network said in a statement, per the Hollywood Reporter. That was just the beginning:

  • After the New York premiere of CK's new movie, I Love You Daddy, was abruptly canceled ahead of the New York Times report, production company The Orchard announced Friday that it is canceling the film's release altogether. Cast member Charlie Day had previously told the Los Angeles Times he is "appalled" by the allegations and would not be promoting the movie, which was due for limited release Nov. 17.

  • Netflix tells Vulture it has dropped plans for a second comedy special with the comedian. "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," says a spokesperson.
  • FX Networks, which has produced multiple CK series including the award-winning Louie, initially said it was "very troubled" by the allegations and that the matter was "under review," per Variety. After CK's acknowledgment of his actions Friday, the network canceled all outstanding deals with him, Vulture reports. "Now is not the time for him to make television shows," the network says in a statement.
  • CK has also been dropped by his management company and publicists, Deadline reports.
After Thursday's report, fellow actors and comedians condemned CK, who frequently joked about masturbation and his "constant perverted sexual thoughts," the Guardian reports. "Gentlemen, comedy is often inappropriate," tweeted Seinfeld star Jason Alexander. "It is sometimes daring and audacious and shocking. But our behavior, in the real world, toward women—that doesn't get a pass on inappropriate." (More Louis CK stories.)

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