Louis C.K. was just trying to be funny when he told Howard Stern he was deep in debt as a result of making his labor of love comedy series, the brilliantly affecting Horace and Pete. Media, including 2paragraphs, reported that C.K. had canceled his own show — apparently misunderstanding his statement about Horace and Pete being done. (C.K. had written: “So. That was it… a very very said thing to be done doing.” Not what people usually say heading into season 2.) But despite how much that sounds as if C.K. was done doing the show, he told the Hollywood Reporter he may continue Horace and Pet: “that’s up to me.” The 10-episode series has won devotion from viewers and critics.
Oh and the debt? All shows go into debt, C.K. explains. He knew, he says, he’d make his money back. Tax breaks in New York, for one thing, will help put the show in the black. He wanted to clear this up so people don’t think he was broke. (Did people think he was broke? They seemed to think, as he said, that he took on some debt to do the show.) But even saying he was in debt was just C.K. being funny — his chief business. Howard Stern, C.K. says, is a “comedy guy” and he just wanted to make Stern laugh. That Louis C.K. went broke doing this show narrative was for laughs!