As the most reliable and balanced news aggregation service on the internet, DML News offers the following information published by EW.COM:
Louis C.K.’s controversial return to the stage on Sunday ignited an intense social media debate regarding whether or not the disgraced comedian should be granted a comeback.
The stand-up set marked the star’s first public appearance since he admitted to engaging in sexual misconduct against several women in the comedy world.
The article goes on to state the following:
Amidst the flood of responses to his resurgence, which took place at New York’s Comedy Cellar, fellow comic Michael Ian Black voiced support for C.K.’s return in a series of messages posted on Twitter.
Will take heat for this, but people have to be allowed to serve their time and move on with their lives,” Black tweeted. “I don’t know if it’s been long enough, or his career will recover, or if people will have him back, but I’m happy to see him try.”
Black’s words were met with criticism from other users who opposed his position — leading him to expand on his stance in a series of replies. In the posts, the 47-year-old clarified his position on #MeToo movement, insisting he endorses the wave of social activism aimed at combating sexual assault.
“The #metoo movement is incredibly powerful and important and vital,” he noted. “One next step, among many steps, has to be figuring out a way for the men who are caught up in it to find redemption.”
“My empathy isn’t for Louis,” he also explained. “It’s for the recognition that we’re in a cultural moment in which some men who do terrible things have no pathway for redemption. That lack of a pathway creates a situation in which we are casting people out but not giving them a way back in.”
His words did little to allay frustrated commenters. “How long would you say a doctor who sexually assaulted his patients should be out of the game before he could practice medicine again?,” a social media user retorted.
DML News offers the following additional information, published by PageSix.com:
Disgraced “Today” anchor Matt Lauer is telling supporters that he’ll be back on TV.
Sources told Page Six that Lauer — who was fired in November by NBC over sexual harassment accusations — was recently spotted at an old haunt of his, Donohue’s Steak House, telling fans that his return was imminent.
The article goes on to state the following:
“A group of older ladies came over to Lauer, saying, ‘We miss you!’ ” a source told us.
The source said that Lauer told the fans, “I’ve been busy being a dad. But don’t worry, I’ll be back on TV.”
Reports have said that Lauer is hoping for a comeback.
He also apparently still has some supporters in broadcasting: Page Six reported in June that Lauer was seen at lunch with a former “Today” senior producer.
He’s increasingly been spotted in public on the Hamptons social scene, though many residents have called his look while out and about “incognito.”
Vox further reported:
Abusers are making a comeback
Bill O’Reilly, who racked up tens of millions of dollars in settlements with women (including one for $32 million), is in talks to return to cable news.
Back in 2016, he was spotted eating breakfast in town with Matt Lauer, who also went on to serve time in #MeToo jail after women accused of him appalling behavior at NBC. One woman said Lauer would lock the door to his office by hitting a button under his desk so no one could come in during these incidents. (NBC claims the button is not as bad as it sounds.)
Lauer, too, appears to be inching his way back into New York life after he was ousted from NBC when eight women accused him of years of harassment and serious abuse.
Four months after Mario Batali apologized for decades of sexual misconduct, he started taking meetings in New York to figure out a comeback. (Since attempting a comeback, things have gotten worse for Batali. The Boston Police are investigating him.)
The Atlantic reports:
C.K.’s appearance—a 15-minute set that included discussion of “racism, waitresses’ tips, and parades,” but did not apparently include discussion of the misconduct—comes as the former Today show host Matt Lauer has reportedly been telling fans in New York City, “Don’t worry, I’ll be back on TV.” It comes, as well, as Aziz Ansari has been staging a gradual comeback to comedythrough his own sets at the Comedy Cellar, as well as shows in Philadelphia and Milwaukee. Neither comic, in their performances, appears to have mentioned #MeToo: “the reckoning,” without the reckoning. (Vulture, reporting on a recent Ansari show in Milwaukee: “To address the elephant in the room: Ansari didn’t.”)
As Louis CK and Matt Lauer plot their comebacks, it’s a good day to reread @katiejmbaker‘s brilliant @nytopinion piece on what to do with the bad men: https://t.co/g6YuAb6QdE pic.twitter.com/rEj9NIznF3
— Max Strasser (@maxstrasser) August 28, 2018
Matt Lauer reportedly tells fans that he’ll be ‘back on TV’https://t.co/NuhbRmosj2
— David Jones (@davidjones720) August 28, 2018
Hey TV producers, don’t hire Matt Lauer. https://t.co/JRDcyvZWeV
— Matthew Breen (@matbreen) August 28, 2018
— The A.V. Club (@TheAVClub) August 28, 2018
Too Soon: Louie C.K. And Matt Lauer Are Ready For Their Comebacks https://t.co/gHEtDSsSdg
— pajiba (pronounced with a long i) (@pajiba) August 28, 2018
I hear this a lot re: #MeToo: “But what about forgiveness?” I believe in forgiveness…when joined w/restitution. It’s not enuf for offenders to “think about what they did.” Louis CK & Matt Lauer etc… shd use their voices & $ to support & promote women & change the system
— Nell Scovell (@NellSco) August 28, 2018
Louis CK and Matt Lauer are just strolling down the path Mel Gibson and Woody Allen paved. As long as a toxic man can make someone money, his bankability will outweigh his toxicity.
— Jennifer Weiner (@jenniferweiner) August 28, 2018
New theory: Michael Ian Black is the Paul Revere of #MeToo Louis CK tried to sneak back in so Michael lights him up with good vibe tweets & alerts the patriots. I predict Michael does some Matt Lauer tweets tomorrow.
— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) August 28, 2018
Bill O’Reilly, Matt Lauer, Mario Batali are all eyeing returns and Garrison Keiller started touring again. Junot Diaz kept his relationship w/ @BostonReview and Charlie Rose wants to host a show interview men who have been accused by #MeToo https://t.co/MYLRUqRCd0
— Mia Brett 👸🏻 (@QueenMab87) August 28, 2018