As part of the continuing fallout from the sexual misconduct charges against Louis C.K., the comedian has been removed from The Secret Life of Pets 2. It’s been a rough day or so for C.K., who has seen his film and TV career quickly come crashing down, at least for now. Of course, it’s hard to feel any sympathy for him, as C.K. today admitted in a statement that the acts of sexual misconduct he had been accused of in yesterday’s New York Times expose did indeed happen. With that in mind, it’s hard to blame anyone for trying to distance themselves from him.
One of the first to take action was HBO, who yesterday removed C.K. from the guest list for their upcoming Night of Too Many Stars charity event, and took down all archival content featuring the comedian from their on-demand services. The premiere of C.K’s new film I Love You, Daddy was also quickly canceled yesterday, with distributor The Orchard choosing to cancel the release of the film entirely today.
Now, Deadline reports that distributor Universal and producer Illumination have also parted ways with C.K., who will no longer participate in the animated sequel The Secret Life of Pets 2. C.K. voiced lead character Max the dog in the first Secret Life of Pets film, which proved to be both a critical – 75 percent on Rotten Tomatoes – and commercial hit. In fact, The Secret Life of Pets was one of the highest grossing films of 2016, earning nearly $900 million worldwide on a $75 million budget.
It remains to be seen whether Universal and Illumination will opt to simply recast the role, or create a new main character not associated with C.K. That’s actually not the only voiceover gig that C.K. has lost today, as Deadline also reports that TBS has suspended production on upcoming animated series The Cops, which the comedian was set to both produce and star in. It’s unclear whether C.K.’s role will be recast or the entire project will end up being shelved.
The ripple effects of Louis C.K.’s inappropriate actions continue to be felt, both by Hollywood and the man himself. With HBO, The Orchard, FX, Netflix, and now Universal and Illumination all deciding to end their business relationships with C.K., one wonders if his career can possibly survive. Either way, by his own admission, he has no one to blame but himself for the consequences he’s suffering.
The Secret Life of Pets 2 arrives in theaters on June 7, 2019.