Following Norm MacDonald’s statements on the #MeToo movement – where he claimed that people in the public’s eye pay too much for their transgressions – the comedian had to apologize. Due to pressure, The Tonight Show canceled MacDonald’s appearence for his remarks regarding Louis CK and Roseanne Barr.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the production said that his comments during a recent interview are the reason for why they chose to cancel his upcoming appearance.
On Tuesday, The Hollywood Reporter published an interview where Norm claimed that both Roseanne Barr and Louis CK paid too dearly for their mistakes. The Saturday Night Live alum suggested their punishments were disproportionate to the crimes.
MacDonald suggested that the victims didn’t have to endure what either Roseanne and Louis suffered. Later on, following the cancelation of his visit on The Tonight Show, the comic took to Twitter to apologize for what he said.
You can check out his tweet below:
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
During the same interview, MacDonald suggested that the #MeToo movement had grown somewhat insidious, especially because of the way in which everyone in society is supposed to suspend disbelief and ignore an individual’s right to due process.
Additionally, the comic referred to Chris Hardwick, the host of the Talking Dead show for AMC. MacDonald claimed that Mr. Hardwick was treated unfairly.
As it was previously reported, Hardwick lost his job because his ex-girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra, accused him of assault and emotional abuse back in June, an action widely – but silently – criticized by many comedians and others in the entertainment industry.
AMC went on to hire an independent agency to investigate the claims, and eventually, they decided to reinstate him as host of the Talking Dead.
This all comes at a bad time for Mr. MacDonald, who’s in the middle of promoting his Netflix production, Norm MacDonald Has A Show. Although, one could argue that this is just more publicity for him.