The backlash against the comedian Louis C.K. was swift after the Times reported on Thursday that several women described encounters with him that crossed the line into sexual misconduct. On Thursday evening, HBO said Louis C.K. would no longer be part of a comedy benefit that it plans to broadcast on Nov. 18.
The cable network said in a statement that Louis C.K. would “no longer be participating” in the benefit concert, “Night of Too Many Stars: America Unites for Autism Programs,” and that it was “removing Louis C.K.’s past projects from its On Demand services.”
FX, the cable channel that broadcasts “Louie,” the comedian’s Emmy-winning series, as well as other series involving him, said Thursday that it was “very troubled” by the report and was reviewing the matter. But the network added that it had “received no allegations of misconduct by Louis C.K.” on any of the five shows he and FX had collaborated on in the past eight years. Those shows include “Better Things,” which he and Pamela Adlon created, and “Baskets,” which he created with Zach Galifianakis and Jonathan Krisel.
The network moves came as well-known names in comedy spoke out about Louis C.K. Perhaps the most notable reaction came from the comedian Jen Kirkman. In a 2014 podcast, she told of an uncomfortable situation with an unnamed top comic but took down the podcast. She later explained to The Village Voice that she was talking about difficult decisions that female comics face “when you hear rumors about someone, and they ask you to go on the road with them.” On Thursday, she wrote on Twitter that she believed the women who spoke to The Times, and added:
Here are other responses from entertainment figures:
The comedian Rosie O’Donnell said “nothing will ever surprise me again regarding men”:
Jason Alexander, the “Seinfeld” star, wrote that while comedy can be “audacious and shocking,” it should not “get a pass on inappropriate”:
Michael Schur, one of the creators of “Parks and Recreation,” apologized for giving Louis C.K. guest-star roles on the show:
The comedian and actor Michael Ian Black called Louis C.K.’s behavior “inexcusable”:
Mara Wilson, the actress and author, said that rumors about Louis C.K. had been traded for years and that she wasn’t surprised by the report:
Tammy Pescatelli, a stand-up comedian, expressed her support for one of the woman who described her run-in with Louis C.K.: