'Tonight Show' cancels Norm Macdonald after MeToo comments
In this March 13, 2016, file photo, Norm Macdonald begins as host of the Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto. "The Tonight Show" canceled an appearance by Macdonald after he made comments about the MeToo movement and fellow comedians Louis C.K. and Roseanne Barr. (Peter Power/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, September 12, 2018 6:00PM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, September 12, 2018 6:01PM EDT
NEW YORK -- Norm Macdonald's comments about the MeToo movement and fellow comedians Louis C.K. and Roseanne Barr led to the "The Tonight Show" cancelling his appearance and spurred apologies from the comedian that could bring their own problems.
In a statement, NBC said it cancelled Tuesday's appearance "out of sensitivity to our audience."
The former "Saturday Night Live" cast member told The Hollywood Reporter he was "happy the . MeToo movement had slowed down a little bit." Macdonald said people used to receive a second chance, but now "there is no forgiveness."
Macdonald mentioned Louis C.K, who was accused of sexual misconduct, and Barr, who was fired from her show in May.
"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," Macdonald said.
Then in an interview with radio host Howard Stern on Wednesday morning while explaining and apologizing for his remarks, Macdonald said "You'd have to have Down syndrome not to feel sorry" for the victims of sexual misconduct.
He had already tweeted an apology Tuesday night saying he would never defend the actions of Barr and C.K.
"If my words sounded like I was minimizing the pain that their victims feel to this day, I am deeply sorry," Macdonald tweeted.
His new talk show, "Norm Macdonald Has a Show," debuts Friday on Netflix.
A Netflix spokeswoman said the streaming service has no comment on Macdonald's remarks, but Macdonald told Stern he had talked to Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos about the interview and "he knows I'm a good guy."
An email to Macdonald's manager seeking further comment wasn't immediately returned.
Roseanne and Louis have both been very good friends of mine for many years. They both made terrible mistakes and I would never defend their actions. If my words sounded like I was minimizing the pain that their victims feel to this day, I am deeply sorry.— Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) September 11, 2018