'The Tonight Show' Cancels Norm Macdonald Appearance Over Controversial Comments

Louis C.K. reportedly called Roseanne after her firing at ABC

Louis C.K. reportedly called Roseanne after her firing at ABC

As if Norm Macdonald wasn't getting enough backlash over his controversial comments about the #MeToo movement and his defence of Roseanne Barr and Louis C.K., the comedian has decided that perhaps the best way to dig himself out of his hole was to make a joke about Down syndrome.

"Out of sensitivity to our audience and in light of Norm Macdonald's comments in the press today, "The Tonight Show" has chose to cancel his appearance on Tuesday's telecast", a spokesperson said in a statement to USA TODAY.

There's a lot to unpack there, but yes, Macdonald is saying he told Louis C.K.to call Roseanne Barr on the phone, and also yes, he seems to think they might be worse off than the victims of their own awful behavior.

MacDonald has been a long-time friend of both Roseanne and Louis C.K., he says after Roseanne's career blew up he put her in touch with C.K.in hopes he could offer her some guidance going through the implosion of her career. People will go, 'What about the victims?' But you know what?

And then he went and said this: "You'd have to have Down Syndrome - my new word - you'd have to have Down Syndrome to not feel sorry for [victims]". The first half made me a little nervous but Fonda is a pro and never gets flustered, whether she's talking about her mortality or contemplating Macdonald's bad pickup line.

"She was just so broken and crying constantly", Macdonald said. Back then, just thinking of the phrase "Fifteen dollars a man" or picturing his hunger strike to protest Margaret Thatcher could get me chuckling on a weekday morning. "#MeToo is what you want for your daughters and you want that to be the future world, of course". There's a running meta commentary about Netflix: Macdonald often mentions Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos by name, and of the four episodes made available for review, all the guests have some tie to Netflix.

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"Well, those women should get their money back, because I know it was a surprise set".

They both said they had a good conversation and were just giving any advice you could give to each other. "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, '" he said.

During his interview with THR, the comedian said very few people have gone through what Barr and C.K. went through, "losing everything in a day".

MACDONALD:The model used to be: admit wrongdoing, show complete contrition and then we give you a second chance.

What about when someone admits to wrongdoing? He's what they call a comic's comic ("they" meaning people who say things like, "He's a comic's comic"). "That's not healthy - that there is no forgiveness".

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