Tonight Show Nixes Norm Macdonald After #MeToo Comments

Comic defended Louis CK, Roseanne Barr, said he's glad Me Too has 'slowed down a bit' to 'THR'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 12, 2018 9:20 AM CDT
Norm Macdonald serves as host of the Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto on March 13, 2016.   (Peter Power/The Canadian Press via AP)

(Newser) – A Hollywood Reporter interview with comic Norm Macdonald broke Tuesday, and it ended up getting him pulled from the Tonight Show. Among the criticisms of Macdonald's THR sit-down: he criticized Hannah Gadsby's Nanette special without seeing it, and he didn't realize how bad racism was until he saw Sacha Baron Cohen's Who Is America. But the remarks drawing the most backlash are his criticisms of the Me Too movement: he says he's "happy" it's "slowed down," as he feels it's morphed into "I believe all women." He goes on to lament that stars like Chris Hardwick and Louis CK (as well as Roseanne Barr) have been unable to simply "admit wrongdoing" and then receive a "second chance. Now (the model is) admit wrongdoing and you're finished." "There are very few people that have gone through what they have, losing everything in a day," he says of Louis CK and Barr.

"Of course, people will go, 'What about the victims?'" he adds. "But you know what? The victims didn't have to go through that." Comic Artie Lange defended Macdonald, noting he was just supporting his friends, and pointing out Louis CK never assaulted anyone. Others pushed back on that, saying some women comics lost their careers because of CK's behavior. Macdonald apologized Tuesday night, tweeting his two "very good friends" Louis CK and Barr "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." That didn't stop NBC from pulling him from Tuesday's Tonight Show, per the New York Times, saying the cancellation came "out of sensitivity to our audience and in light of … Macdonald's comments in the press today." (Read more Norm Macdonald stories.)

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