Curb Your Enthusiasm creator and star Larry David has controversially come out in defence of Woody Allen after reading his memoir, Apropos of Nothing.
Allen’s autobiography was released under a cloud of controversy following Hatchette Book Group deciding to pull the plug on the release, with it instead being quietly pushed out through Arcade Publishing.
The 400-page memoir was originally due to be released by Grand Central Publishing, a subsidiary of Hatchette Book Group. However, in early March they publicly announced their decision to drop Allen after their staff walked out in protest. The resulting fallout saw the publisher returning all of the rights back to the 84-year-old.
“The decision to cancel Mr. Allen’s book was a difficult one,” senior vice president of communications Sophie Cottrell said in a statement. “At HBG we take our relationships with authors very seriously, and do not cancel books lightly. We have published and will continue to publish many challenging books. As publishers, we make sure every day in our work that different voices and conflicting points of views can be heard.
“Also, as a company, we are committed to offering a stimulating, supportive and open work environment for all our staff,” Cottrell added. “Over the past few days, HBG leadership had extensive conversations with our staff and others. After listening, we came to the conclusion that moving forward with publication would not be feasible for HBG.”
Now esteemed comedy icon Larry David, has come out to offer a message of support to Allen regarding the backlash he has faced and the alleged sexual abuse he has been accused of by his adopted step-daughter Dylan Farrow, which he defiantly denied in his memoirs.
Speaking to the New York Times, David glowingly reviewed the book, saying, “Yeah, it’s pretty great, it’s a fantastic book, so funny. You feel like you’re in the room with him and yeah, it’s just a great book and it’s hard to walk away after reading that book thinking that this guy did anything wrong.”
Recently Larry David’s caustic wit was used to help spread the message of social distancing amid the coronavirus outbreak. You can watch that below.
“You’re hurting old people like me. Well, not me… I’ll never see you.”— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) March 31, 2020
Larry David wants everyone to stay home to protect older Californians from #COVID19!
He does not do these things.
Listen to Larry.#StayHomeSaveLiveshttps://t.co/snYe5v55Rw pic.twitter.com/C5cKOaAufE