"When you're that powerful and you're generating that kind of money and you can literally knight someone's life by giving them a show, you know, that's what going to happen", she said of C.K., 50.
Louis C.K. was accused of misconduct last week by the comedy duo Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov, as well as comedians Ms. Corry and Abby Schachner, according to a New York Times report. "Those opportunities were few and far between".
"If I could do anything differently, it would be that day, I would have shut down production", she said. Even comics who had heard all the stories about him wanking in front of unsuspecting women couldn't hate him because he made them laugh so much. Three of the women said that he exposed himself and masturbated in front of them, one said that he asked her to watch him masturbate and she refused, and another said that Louis CK masturbated while they were on the phone. "I wanted to do my job". It's a predicament for them.
The seeds of his eventual public rehabilitation can be found in this clip, though, and in the now-shelved film he was about to release, "I Love You, Daddy". I'm sure it's one people make about every powerful man with a cloud of whispers hanging over him.
"I feel deep sorrow and empathy for the women who have come forward", she added.
Update (Oct. 10, 12:10 p.m.): A Netflix spokesperson has announced that the streaming platform will no longer move forward with plans for an upcoming Louis C.K. stand-up special. There is nothing about this that I forgive myself for.
FX, which has produced five shows with the star, announced that it was cutting all ties with the comedian and his production company. The dark comedy, which the comedian wrote and directed, is full of controversial dialogue and jokes about child rape and sexual harassment. In his statement, Louis C.K. said, "These stories are true". The network hasn't ended its relationship with the comedian, yet, but it has released a statement in which they said they are "very troubled by the allegations". I'd be remiss to exclude the hurt that I've brought on people who I work with and have worked with who's professional and personal lives have been impacted by all of this, including projects now in production: the cast and crew of Better Things, Baskets, The Cops, One Mississippi, and I Love You, Daddy.
HBO also dropped C.K. from the lineup of Night of Too Many Stars, a comedy benefit set to take place Saturday.
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.