And The Four’s season finale — to be filmed Friday and to air next Thursday — will go on without the embattled head of Republic Records.
A woman who worked with Walk more than an decade ago posted an open letter on her website accusing Walk of sexual harassment earlier this week.
Since then, two other accusers have surfaced, prompting the head of Republic Records to be put on leave until the company can investigate the issue.
Walk denies the incidents, but nevertheless issued a statement saying he won’t participate in the filming of The Four’s season finale.
Here’s his statement: “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 episode of The Four that aired Thursday was filmed before the allegations surfaced. But the show was clearly edited to limit the time Walk spent on screen.