On Friday morning, after what has been a particularly exhausting news cycle, Louis C.K. released a statement regarding the allegations that he sexual assaulted five women. C.K. confirmed the reports in a lengthy note, writing simply: "these stories are true."
While we can appreciate that the actor's blatant admission, there are a few things missing from his statement. For starters, it inexplicably does not include the words "sorry" or "apologize." Nor does it mention that he publicly denied these allegations for years. It does say, however, that the women "admired" him. Four times. He must have been really, really "admired" by these women. That's why he felt he could take out his genitals without their consent. Get it?
It also lists five of his current projects.
After C.K. confirmed the reports, a litany of media companies distanced themselves from the comedian. Netflix will not follow through with the second part of a stand-up special as planned. HBO pulled C.K. from the comedy special lineup, Night of Too Many Stars, which benefits autism programs. Orchard, the distribution company for C.K.'s upcoming movie, I Love You Daddy, will not move forward with the Nov. 17 release date. And FX, home to C.K.'s Emmy-winning comedy Louie, has cut all ties with the comedian.
"Now is not the time for him to make television shows," the FX statement reads. "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."
That FX statement also leaves much to be desired. It implies that there will be a time when FX deems it acceptable for C.K. to make television shows again — just not right now. How admirable of them.
Read C.K.'s full statement here: