My heart sank, the other day, when I read about Louis CK's history of pulling his ding-a-ling out in front of female comedians and rubbing one out. It sank even further, a few days later, when I read that he'd admitted that the stories are true. Oh no baby, what is you doing?
Never, ever admit to having done something wrong, especially if it's something that could have legal implications.
Louis insisted that he always asked first before rubbing one out in front of a woman, except for maybe that time he rubbed one out while talking to a woman on the phone—which doesn't really count, because it was over the phone. (Who amongst us hasn't had a phone conversation while taking a shit?) This could have been the basis for a lawsuit against FX, if only he weren't on the record admitting to having done something wrong.
Not long after Louis copped a plea, FX announced that they were dropping him like a bad habit. They said that he'd no longer be involved with, and that he wouldn't be receiving any money from, the four or five shows he co-created and produced for the network, including that Tig Notaro show, which "airs" on Amazon Video.
I don't understand how they can just take all of his shows from him. Does he not have a stake in any of them? As the co-creator of seemingly half the shows on FX, it seems impossible that they could kick him to the curb like that without cutting him a check.
At the very least, he should still receive royalty payments for reairings of shows he either wrote or starred in. Maybe they won't air "Louie" anymore, which would be almost as tragic as exhibitionism, but he was a writer on that Pamela Adlon show. They're still gonna air that, right?
Also, let's keep it real, will those shows be any good? Adlon is weirdly attractive for someone who doesn't seem to have a lot going for her, but she's not really a comedian.
I'm sure FX could give a rat's ass about Louis' weird sex habits, provided he doesn't blind someone, given how many shows he produced for them, but they had no choice but to sever ties with him. If they kept him around after he admitted to jerking off in front of women with only their literal (but not their emotional) consent, some aggrieved, aging secretary could have sued them into Bolivian. She could offer the fact that Louis still works there as evidence, and they'd be forced to cut her a check for $30 million.
To paraphrase Richard Pryor, that's a retirement plan for your ass.
Louis may have been thinking long term. Eventually, he'll mount a comeback. It might be five years from now. As accelerated as the news cycle is these days, it might be six weeks from now. That Texas shooting the other day was one of the top five mass shootings of all time (don't mess with Texas), and it hardly made the news.
Pretty much everyone whose name isn't Harvey Weinstein, if they're talented enough, will eventually return to performing. Hollywood is full of people who have committed all kinds of ridiculous crimes that people have long since forgotten. Mel Gibson, for example, has a new moving coming out in the next few weeks. (Last year, his movie Hacksaw Ridge was nominated for an Academy Award.)
If Louis CK can't land a deal with another network, he might consider distributing his work independently. He already finances a lot of his own work, including that show Horace and Pete and his new movie I Love You, Daddy (ahem), but sometimes he sells them off to another company, which can be forced to shelve them. What we need is a morality-free distribution company, like Motherless, but for non-pornographic films.
Admitting that he did something wrong, while inconvenient (to say the least) in the short run, will set Louis up for whatever he does next in his career. The SJW hate mob that tried to ruin his career, if they're at all worried about appearing to be reasonable, won't be able to claim that he didn't admit any wrongdoing, or apologize—though some people have pointed out that he doesn't say he's sorry anywhere in the statement he issued. That might be something to address on Oprah, or whatever platform he uses to announce his return.