BAILEY T. STEEN | SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2017
Once Universal and Illumination Animation caught wind of the secret life of their lead star Louis C.K., who played the Jack Russell terrier Max in their hit children’s film which grossed well over $875M worldwide, decisions to cut ties from the comedian came swiftly after.
Just two days after a bombshell article in The New York Times, where five women have accused the comedian of masturbating in front of them without their permission, the studios released a simple statement to The Hollywood Reporter which reads:
“Universal Pictures and Illumination have terminated their relationship with Louis C.K. on The Secret Life of Pets 2”.
No elaboration. No caveats. The man, and presumably his career, has just been cut and left to the winds. How very fitting.
Following the article, FX, HBO and Netflix, who produced his television show “Louie” and stand up specials, have cut all ties with C.K. due to the accusations — acts which he has since confirmed in a statement:
“These stories are true,“ he wrote. ”At the time, I said to myself that what I did was okay because I never showed a woman my dick without asking first, which is also true. But what I learned later in life, too late, is that when you have power over another person, asking them to look at your dick isn’t a question. It’s a predicament for them.
The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly.”
This is not the last of the jobs C.K. has lost in the span of two days.
Courtesy of Rolling Stone, TBS released a statement that “The Cops”, an animated series which was produced by the comedian, will be “suspended until further review”, despite it’s scheduled 2018 release.
Similarly, C.K.’s latest directoral effort “I Love You, Daddy” — which was actually ready to screen in America next week — was officially shelved by the studio Orchard, providing no comment to media outlets.
The Independent reports that his co-star Chloë Grace Moretz, who plays C.K.’s daughter in the film, “backed out of press for the film a fortnight ago” after she heard rumours of “numerous possible accusations” to release.
The news came as a surprise to fellow co-star Charlie Day, star of the sit-com It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, who condemned C.K. for his actions:
“I was as appalled as everyone to read the allegations made in the I do not condone sexual misconduct and, in light of the allegations, will not be promoting the movie further.”
In last few hours, the comedian was dropped by APA, 3 Arts, his publicist in Lewis Kay, as well as accepting a termination deal with his production company, Pig Newton.
“I have been remorseful of my actions. And I’ve tried to learn from them. And run from them,” C.K. continued in his confession. “Now I’m aware of the extent of the impact of my actions. I learned yesterday the extent to which I left these women who admired me feeling badly about themselves and cautious around other men who would never have put them in that position.”
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Bailey T. Steen is a journalist, editor, artist and film critic based in Victoria, Australia, but is also Putin’s Puppet™ on occasion.
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