Posted Tuesday 12/05/17 at 9:36PM EST
Abbi and Ilana were upset to learn a Broad City producer tried to silence Louis CK's accusers
Louis CK’s former manager Dave Becky, who apologized after he was accused of intimidating and silencing CK’s victims, has an executive producer credit on the Comedy Central series. The credit is due to his position as manager of Amy Poehler, who was responsible for making Broad City happen. Speaking to EW Radio, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer discussed Becky’s connection to the show. “It’s definitely something that we’re figuring out right now,” said Jacobson. “He’s not our manager. And he’s been a producer on the show through Amy from the beginning. And it’s like this upsetting thing to find out his involvement in the whole thing, so it’s definitely something that we’re constantly talking about right now.” Glazer added: “We take accountability for using this white dude power to get our show on TV. We’re accountable for that. We’re not accountable for (Louis CK’s) actions, for Becky’s actions, but we’re accountable for using his power to get our show on TV.” ALSO: Abbi and Ilana weren’t allowed to call President Trump a “sexual assaulting steak salesman.”
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- Abbi and Ilana were upset to learn a Broad City producer tried to silence Louis CK's accusers