The New York premiere of Louis C.K.’s controversial new film “I Love You, Daddy” has been canceled amid swirling controversy over the film and the comedian. Evan Agostini Associated Press
The New York premiere of Louis C.K.’s controversial new film “I Love You, Daddy” has been canceled amid swirling controversy over the film and the comedian. Evan Agostini Associated Press

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‘Parks and Recreation’ creator apologizes for casting Louis C.K.

By Don Sweeney

dsweeney@sacbee.com

November 09, 2017 04:46 PM

UPDATED November 09, 2017 06:38 PM

Reports that comedian Louis C.K. has been accused of inappropriate behavior by at least five woman has prompted an apology from the creator of a popular sitcom.

Mike Schur, who created “Parks and Recreation,” said he was sorry for casting the comedian in early seasons of the show – which ended in 2015. Louis C.K. played an early love interest of Leslie Knope, played by Amy Poehler. He appeared in six episodes, the last in 2012, reported Vulture.

“I don’t remember when I heard the rumors about him,” Schur posted on Twitter on Thursday under his Ken Tremendous account name. “But I’m sure it was before the last time he was on Parks and Rec. And that sucks. And I’m sorry.”

The apology follows revelations Thursday in The New York Times detailing two decades of alleged misconduct by the comedian, including accusations that Louis C.K. masturbated in front of at least three women without their consent, asked to masturbate in front of another and masturbated during a phone call with a fifth woman.

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I don't remember when I heard the rumors about him. But I'm sure it was before the last time he was on Parks and Rec. And that sucks. And I'm sorry.

— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) November 9, 2017

The rumors about Louis C.K. intensified recently when comedian Tig Notaro featured an episode in her second season of Amazon’s “One Mississippi” with a masturbating character many believed was inspired by him.

Look at the overwhelmingly positive responses to #metoo, a hashtag for survivors of sexual abuse

Actress Alyssa Milano got an idea from a friend of a friend on Facebook to elevate the Harvey Weinstein conversation. She took the idea to Twitter, posting: "If you've been sexually harassed or assaulted write 'me too' as a reply to this tweet." The hashtag #MeToo was tweeted nearly a million times in 48 hours, according to Twitter.

Lena Blietz lblietz@star-telegram.com