Last month, James Veitch‘s debut hour long special, Straight to V.H.S. as part of HBO Max’s inaugural stand-up specials. While he’s not a household name here in the States, he has been gaining quite a bit of traction over the past few years. But as of a few days ago, however, the special has seemingly vanished from the streaming service.
Yesterday, The Hollywood Reporter published an article accusing Veitch of rape, with accounts from multiple different women accusing Veitch of rape and various other sexual assault claims while he was at Sarah Lawrence College as an undergrad student. After one of the students found out about Veicht’s HBO Max special, they decided to start a FaceBook group for women who had encounters with Veitch to step forward. Various had, many of which made their way into the THR piece.
After the article was published, it became pretty clear why HBO Max had initially taken the special off of their platform without any explanation last week.
“We were deeply disturbed to learn of these allegations of unacceptable behavior by James Veitch and will be removing the special from our platform for now,” the streaming service said in a statement. Team Coco, who produced the special, added “Team Coco takes these allegations very seriously and supports HBO Max’s decision.”
It was also reported that Veitch was supposed to take part in hosting a talk show on Quibi titled Q Talks. Some of the guests scheduled to partake include Regina Hall, Lisa Kudrow, Niecy Nash, Jimmy O. Yang and Kristen Schaal. As of now, Quibi has not made an official statement, but an unnamed source told THR that Veicht will be edited out.
Veitch himself has not made a statement, although he did address why fans couldn’t find the special on Twitter over the weekend. “I’m trying to work that out myself,” he wrote. “It’s like kaiser soze. You can find it by other means I expect[.]” An unnamed source did tell THR that he denies all allegations, and as of today, he has been dropped by his agents by WME.
Edit: As of September 2nd, all of Veitch’s appearances on Conan, which garnered over 26 million views, have been taken off of YouTube, as well as the trailer for his HBO Max special that was posted to the Team Coco channel.