FX Networks severs ties with Louis CK; Pamela Adlon responds
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 eight 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.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that production on The Cops, an animated series for TBS he co-created with Albert Brooks, has been “suspended until further review.” What happens with the other shows remains to be seen. Pamela Adlon, who costarred with CK on HBO’s Luckiy Louie, was a frequent guest star on Louie and co-created her FX show Better Things with him (CK has co-written or written every episode of the show’s current season), has responded to the news:
Hi. I’m here. I have to say something. It’s so important.
My family and I are devastated and in shock after the admission of abhorrent behavior by my friend and partner, Louis C.K. I feel deep sorrow and empathy for the women who have come forward. I am asking for privacy at this time for myself and my family. I am processing and grieving and hope to say more as soon as I am able.
Netflix, meanwhile, say it will no longer be producing the second comedy special with Louis CK (the first aired in spring 2017). CK has also been dropped by his management company 3 Arts and his publicist Lewis Kay.