The Tonight Show abruptly canceled Norm Macdonald’s appearance Tuesday night following remarks the comedian made regarding the #MeToo movement in an interview.
“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,” NBC said in a statement, Variety reports.
Macdonald told the Hollywood Reporter in an interview that published early Tuesday that he was “happy the #MeToo movement has slowed down a bit”; Macdonald is “very good friends” with Louis C.K., who Macdonald said lost everything after he was exposed for sexual misconduct. “Of course, people will go, ‘What about the victims?’ But you know what? The victims didn’t have to go through that,” Macdonald said in the interview.
Macdonald added, “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.”
The comedian also defended Roseanne Barr in the interview, and said that Barr was so upset after she was fired from her show that he coordinated a phone call between C.K. and Barr to help ease her.
Following the controversial interview, Macdonald tweeted an apology for his comments. “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,” Macdonald wrote. “If my words sounded like I was minimizing the pain that their victims feel to this day, I am deeply sorry.”
Despite the apology, The Tonight Show canceled Macdonald’s appearance. The comedian, whose Netflix show arrives September 14th, still made his scheduled appearance on The Howard Stern Show Wednesday morning.