While out promoting his upcoming Netflix talk show Norm Macdonald Has A Show, Norm Macdonald decided to unload his Very Strong Opinions about comedy, the #MeToo movement and his sad celebrity friends in a controversial interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Macdonald has now apologized for those comments, but not before The Tonight Show cancelled his appearance last night—even though Macdonald actually defended Jimmy Fallon in the same interview.
Among other things, Macdonald came to the defense of Louis C.K., Roseanne Barr and Chris Hardwick for their various scandals. "There are very few people that have gone through what they have, losing everything in a day," he said of C.K. and Barr. "Of course, people will go, 'What about the victims?' But you know what? The victims didn't have to go through that." He also said he was happy the #MeToo movement has "slowed down a little bit. It used to be, 'One hundred women can't be lying.' And then it became, 'One woman can't lie.' And that became, 'I believe all women.' And then you're like, 'What?' Like, that Chris Hardwick guy I really thought got the blunt end of the stick there."
A spokesperson for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon told The Hollywood Reporter, "Out of sensitivity to our audience and in light of Norm Macdonald’s comments in the press today, The Tonight Show has decided to cancel his appearance on Tuesday’s telecast."
Macdonald had defended Fallon over the infamous moment he tousled Trump's hair during the campaign, saying Fallon had been unfairly criticized: "He is just all about fun and silliness. That's what his audience wants. And then to be maligned for quote-unquote humanizing Trump. Funny, I thought he was a human."
Macdonald also apologized on Twitter for the interview:
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
And he talked about the controversy on the Howard Stern show today (Macdonald reminded him that he was the second guest on Fallon's show the night Fallon had Trump on):
A big chunk from the Norm/Howard Stern interview: Norm doesn't like doing print interviews because "they put things together that you’re saying - I’m a fucking dumb guy. I get confused and shit. So they’re asking me about a whole bunch of things at the same time." pic.twitter.com/ZKUBpozvHW
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) September 12, 2018
Hannah Gadsby responded to Macdonald's comments on her stand-up special, Nanette, which he admitted he hadn't seen but still took umbrage with: "Of course that's a slap in the face of a traditional stand-up comedian who thinks that comedy by dictionary definition is about laughter."
I'd never heard of this Norm McDonald bloke because I didn't want to make a comment about him. I don't like him though. #dickbiscuit
— Hannah Gadsby (@Hannahgadsby) September 11, 2018
Barr was pleased with his comments defending her:
Norm gets it https://t.co/adV56P8WNS
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) September 12, 2018
Other celebs and comedians weighed in on what happened as well:
I can't get a Netflix special because I once had the audacity to share that a Netflix executive told me that because they had Chelsea Handler, they didn't need other women...
Meanwhile, Norm Macdonald has a Netflix talk show....
Double Standard? I think so... https://t.co/wNlKik14j0
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) September 11, 2018
The whiners and screamers (nutballs) have won.
Soon every one will be too scared to speak. Soviet Style Totalitarianism American Style https://t.co/3GDlOe1SDp
— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) September 12, 2018
One thing we all can agree on. Norm Macdonald subconsciously hates Louis C.K.
— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) September 12, 2018
Norm Macdonald Has A Show will launch globally on September 14th as scheduled.