A well-known comedian is doing spin control after having an appearance canceled on NBC’s “Tonight Show” and receiving a wave of criticism for comments denouncing the #MeToo movement and defending embattled fellow comedians Roseanne Barr and Louis C.K.
Norm Macdonald sent out a tweet today apologizing for his comments — you can see his message below. The controversy arose from an interview Macdonald did with The Hollywood Reporter, as we reported Tuesday.
The Huffington Post quotes a spokesperson for “The Tonight Show” saying that the show decided to cancel Macdonald’s appearance, which had been scheduled for Tuesday night, “out of sensitivity to our audience.” Macdonald has been making the rounds of the media ahead of the Sept. 14 debut of his new talk show, “Norm Macdonald Has a Show.”
In the THR interview that set off the controversy, Macdonald said he was “happy the #MeToo movement has slowed down a bit.”
“Macdonald sparked further criticism when he defended comedian Louis C.K. (who has admitted sexual misconduct) and actress Roseanne Barr (who ABC fired from the ‘Roseanne’ revival for sending a racist tweet) in the interview,” The Huffington Post piece adds.
Macdonald is quoted saying in reference to C.K. and Barr: “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.”
Below is Macdonald’s apology …