Comedian Louis C.K. is back, but not all fans are excited to see his return.
Over the summer, Louis performed his stand-up comedy special “Sorry” at Madison Square Garden. It was the first special filmed since several women came forward to accuse him of sexual misconduct in 2017.
Although the special isn’t available on Netflix or any of the other popular streaming services, it is available to stream for $10 dollars, or download for $25 dollars, on his website.
In an open letter following the accusations, Louis C.K. admitted that the allegations against him were true.
“These stories are true,” he wrote. “At the time, I said to myself that what I did was okay because I never showed a woman my d— without asking first, which is also true.”
He continued, “But what I learned later in life, too late, is that when you have power over another person, asking them to look at your d— isn’t a question. It’s a predicament for them. The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly.”
Fans Say The Apology Is Too Little, Too Late
Louis CK is back despite having admitted to committing heinous acts of sexual misconduct. Jeffrey Toobin is regularly back on CNN after masturbating in front of several colleagues on a zoom call. pic.twitter.com/mMbXoMUxMR
— Esther Ciammachilli (@EstherCinDC) December 20, 2021
Although some fans claimed that Louis C.K.’s disappearance from comedy was a result of cancel culture, others are insisting that his new stand-up comedy special is proof of the opposite.
“So Louis CK has a new special out, ‘Sorry,’ that he is selling online. An ad ran during SNL. For those who forgot, Louis CK sexually assaulted a series of women comedians, then went right back to work and no one blinked,” one user wrote. “So quit whining about cancel culture, because it’s a myth.”
“Honestly of course Louis CK whips out a special as an unwelcome surprise,” another user tweeted.
“I am forever heartbroken that he did that,” another replied. “He is brilliant and funny but his actions destroyed any chance of me liking him again.”
Commercial Aired During ‘SNL’ Makes Problems Worse
Many people only found out about the special due to a commercial that ran during last week’s episode of “Saturday Night Live.”
“Um … who at NBC approved a Louis CK ad during #SNL?” one user tweeted. “Because he’s already somehow still got a platform and shouldn’t need network ‘help.’”
“I’m watching SNL valiantly attempt to put on a show in the middle of a Covid surge and NBC just showed a commercial for Louis CK’s next comedy special,” another wrote. “Absolutely cursed stuff.”
“Saturday Night Live” faced its own problems on Saturday as New York state saw a record-breaking spike of COVID-19 pandemic cases. In a tweet sent out only hours before the show began, “SNL” revealed that there would be no live audience, leaving ticket holders heartbroken.
If that weren’t enough, musical guest Charli XCX had to drop out of the show, citing problems performing with a limited crew.
The show still went on, although Tom Hanks, who flew all the way out from California, revealed that they sent most of the cast and crew home. The show consisted of a mix of segments that were taped earlier in the week and older segments, but he and Tina Fey were still there to welcome Paul Rudd into the “Five-Timers Club” to celebrate his fifth-time hosting.
Or, as Kenan Thompson put it, “4.5 times.”