HBO removed all of Louis C.K.'s specials from its catalogue, and removed him from the line up of the "Night of Too Many Stars" on November 18. "I'm really thrilled to be able to return to HBO", he says. It's so important. My family and I are devastated and in shock after the admission of abhorrent behavior of my friend and partner, Louis C.K. 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. He is now under fire after five women claimed in the Times that he either masturbated in front of them, asked them to watch him masturbate, or masturbated while on the phone with them, a pattern of inappropriate behavior that allegedly went on for years.
The silver lining in today's announcements is that the series C.K. produces will remain in production with C.K. being stripped of his producer role and potential compensation.
Louis C.K.'s work with Adlon, who has a strong feminist perspective and voice, has been often cited as an example of him being supportive of women in comedy.
Adlon, 51, has a long history with the disgraced comedian. In 2010, she became a consulting producer and also starred in his FX series Louie, where he played a fictionalized version of himself.
FX Networks said the organisations were ending their "association" - which includes work on four separate shows - with CK and his production company Pig Newton, following his comments. "The power I had with these women is that they admired me, and I wielded that power irresponsibly", he said. He encouraged Notaro to release a stand-up set about her cancer treatment as an album, which he made available on his website.
Despite his involvement in her career, One Mississippi creator and star, Tig Notario made no bones about telling the Times, via email, that she believes the women's accounts. In the statement he also called out his now-former 3 Arts manager, who had been featured in the NYT story, saying, "I deeply regret that this has brought negative attention to my manager Dave Becky who only tried to mediate a situation that I caused".
Before this story hit, C.K. was best known for his TV show Louie. We're the worst thing that ever happens to them.