NBC chose to cancel Norm Macdonald's The Tonight Show appearance "out of sensitivity" to their audience. The comedian was recently interviewed and had some controversial thoughts on the #MeToo movement, which quickly spread online. In the interview, the comedian talked about his relationship with Roseanne Barr and Louis C.K., noting that they had their whole careers wiped out in an instant, and then said something about the victims, which did not go over very well once the interview was published.
Norm Macdonald revealed that he was happy that the #MeToo movement was starting to "slow down." Macdonald believes that the movement got a bit out of control when any woman could make a claim and then ruin someone's career. The comedian specifically brought up the Chris Hardwick situation and thinks that he got the "blunt end of the stick." However, Macdonald took it a step further when talking about Louis C.K. and Roseanne Barr. He had this to say.
"Well, Louis (C.K.) and Roseanne (Barr) are the two people I know. And Roseanne was so broken up (after her show's reboot was canceled) that I got Louis to call her, even though Roseanne was very hard on Louis before that. But she was just so broken and just crying constantly. There are very few people that have gone through what they have, losing everything in a day. Of course, people will go, What about the victims? But you know what? The victims didn't have to go through that."
NBC swiftly canceled Norm Macdonald's The Tonight Show appearance after the interview started to spread. Macdonald also quickly made an apology, stating that he was not defending the actions of Roseanne Barr and Louis C.K. He also said that it was not his intention to minimize the pain that the victims went through. It was obviously too late by this point, and many are starting to wonder if Netflix will take any action with the upcoming Norm Macdonald Has a Show, which premieres next week.
Norm Macdonald appeared on the Howard Stern Show this morning and discussed the controversial interview. The comedian says that he wishes that he never did a "print interview," and says that he was confused and claimed that he's just, "a f*cking dumb guy." In typical dry Macdonald fashion, he then said, "You'd have to have Down syndrome," to not feel sorry for victims. Macdonald says that his comments were intended to be about someone's career getting wiped out in an instant.
Norm Macdonald told Howard Stern that he had yet to hear from Netflix about the situation, but maintains that he is sorry. But, it seems that the comedian's use of the word "Down syndrome" has already started to cause another wave of controversy. It's a weird time to be a comedian in the style of Norm Macdonald, who has never fit into the mainstream and has largely been able to say whatever he wants about anything throughout his long career, except OJ Simpson. For now, Norm Macdonald Has a Show will debut September 14th on Netflix. You can read the apology below, thanks to Norm Macdonald's Twitter account.