It's been nine months since Louis C.K. admitted to sexual misconduct actions against five women. Since then, two of his HBO projects were scrapped, Disney tossed out his voiceover work on Gravity Falls, TBS dropped his animated series The Cops, and FX cut ties with him and took his five-season spanning series, Louie, off the air without any news on whether or not it would return for another season.
Now, FX's CEO John Landgraf is speaking out about wanting to bring the 50-year-old comedian back to the network.
"I love Louie and I love [Louis C.K.'s] work and I miss him, and I miss it," Landgraf told Variety.
He isn't the only one saying favorable things about Louis C.K. lately. Back in May, Sarah Silverman spoke about her "brother" Louis C.K. and said she doesn't "see any reason why they [people like Louis C.K.] can't continue being artists." However, not everyone is on board for a possible return. Comedian Rebecca Corry, who was one of his accusers, spoke about the idea of his "comeback" in a piece for Vulture.
"The idea that C.K. reentering the public eye would ever be considered a 'comeback' story is disturbing. The guy exploited his position of power to abuse women," it read. "C.K. is a rich, powerful man who was fully aware that his actions were wrong...The Time’s Up and #MeToo movements, and the journalists who cover them, would do well to focus on the people struggling in the aftermath."
But in the end, Landgraf says it's up to other people to determine whether or not Louis C.K. can return to TV.
"I think that the people that are on the other side of this movement, that is to say the people that are coming forth and telling their stories, have been suppressed for so long," said Landgraf. "They have a lot to say about what happens. So it’s not really in my control, is what I would say. Some of it is about what Louis decides to do, and some of it is about where we go as a society and when, if ever, we’ll be ready to have second chances or forgiveness—and who gets to be forgiven. Not my decision."