In another major blow for Louis C.K., FX and 3 Arts Entertainment are severing ties with the comedian in the wake of the sexual harassment scandal detailed by the New York Times. APA, which represents C.K. for touring, also dropped the comedian on Friday from its client roster.
FX has been the comedian’s primary TV home for the past eight years. FX’s decision comes hours after the comedian acknowledged the truth of the reports of him masturbating in front of multiple women over the years.
“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,'” FX said in a statement.
C.K. is the latest public figure to face a swift fall from grace after allegations of sexual misconduct became public. Entertainment firms are under extreme pressure to take a hard line on sexually charged behavior that has been routinely condoned in Hollywood for decades. Bill O’Reilly, Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and Brett Ratner are among the high-profile figures who have seen business and creative partners disassociate themselves with stunning speed amid allegations of sexual assault and harassment.
“Louis has now confirmed the truth of the reports relating to the five women victimized by his misconduct, which we were unaware of previously,” FX’s statement said. “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.”
C.K.’s Pig Newton banner has been a major supplier of comedies to the cabler and its production entity, which has branched out to producing for other outlets. It helped shepherd the Amazon comedy “One Mississippi,” although C.K.’s clashes with star-creator Tig Notaro helped bring the accusations about his behavior to light. Pig Newton also was behind the TBS animated comedy “The Cops,” which shut down production on Friday “until further review,” the cabler said.
3 Arts Entertainment has been C.K.’s longtime management firm. 3 Arts partner Dave Becky was criticized by women in the Times’ story for allegedly pressuring them to not talk about their experiences with C.K. Becky denied threatening anyone. He is believed to remain in his role at 3 Arts, one the industry’s largest and most successful management-production firms with an impressive roster of stars. Becky represents such heavyweights as Kevin Hart and Aziz Ansari.
“We have terminated our relationship with Louis C.K. We are committed to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our staff, clients and the community at large,” 3 Arts said in a statement. “We are doing a full internal review regarding this situation and are taking additional steps to strengthen our processes and procedures while engaging with our staff to address any concerns about harassment or abuse of power. This behavior is totally unacceptable in all circumstances and must be confronted and addressed.”
Lewis Kay, partner at Kovert Creative and C.K.’s longtime PR rep, also said Friday that he has dropped him as a client.
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