The Four: Battle for Stardom could be down a judge when the Fox reality singing competition airs its live finale on Feb. 8. The network is reportedly axing Charlie Walk amid a series of sexual harassment allegations, according to our sister site Deadline — though a source tells TVLine that no decision has been made.
The decision reportedly came after Universal Music Group placed the Republic Records label head on leave, following a second woman alleging that he was inappropriate with her.
UPDATE: Walk will not appear in the competition’s Feb. 8 finale, he said in a statement to our sister site Variety. “Out of respect for the contestants, my fellow judges and everyone involved with the show, I have made the decision not to attend the finale of The Four… I do not want my presence to be a distraction. Needless to say this is very upsetting. Although I continue to support the ‘Me Too’ movement, there has been an extreme rush to judgment against me in this particular case which is unfair and inconsistent with anything that even actually happened. I welcome any investigation so that in short order these unfounded and hurtful accusations can be put to rest.”
The first accusation came earlier this week, when Life Lab founder Tristan Coopersmith alleged that Walk regularly made lewd comments that made her feel “sick to my stomach” when the two worked together at Sony Music. In an open letter, she described an incident in which he cornered her at a party at his home, pushing her onto his bed. (“The bed you shared with your wife,” her letter reminded him.)
That would leave Sean “Diddy” Combs, DJ Khaled and Meghan Trainor as The Four‘s only judges. Your thoughts? Drop ’em in a comment below.