Louis C.K. made the news this week when he told Howard Stern that his web series Horace and Pete put him in millions of dollars of debt, so it's not a huge surprise that the show has ended after 10 episodes. C.K. announced the end of the series with his signature voice in a missive that was both blasé and deeply cloying. The email, originally obtained by Deadline Hollywood, served both as a sentimental eulogy and an echoing plea for fans to buy the complete season of his now-canceled show.
"I'm writing you now for two reasons," C.K. said in his email. "Reason one is to tell you that you can now buy the entire season of Horace and Pete with one payment of $31 dollars. The second reason is that I wanted to say it is a singular experience to have done this show and a very very sad thing to be done doing it." The rest of the 1,200 word email contains shout-outs to the actors involved, nods to the show's positive reviews, and more pleas for fans to pay up.
Vulture made a good case that C.K.'s debt troubles probably won't end up being a huge deal for the comedian, as long as he lets Horace and Pete get snatched by a network. Today's email also isn't the first time C.K. has overtly elbowed fans to give him money; in February, he balked at claims that the show's price of $5 per episode was too high, writing in an email that "the dirty unmovable fact is that this show is fucking expensive."