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

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

Macdonald's comments come after the comedian was criticized Tuesday for telling the Hollywood Reporter he was "happy the #MeToo movement has slowed down a little bit".

"There are very few people that have gone through what they have, losing everything in a day", Macdonald said. "That's my guess. I know a couple of people this has happened to".

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]". In May, ABC canceled Roseanne after the show titular star Barr came under fire for racist comments against Valerie Jarrett, a former adviser for Barack Obama. Meanwhile, their work is still available on streaming networks and online (and in C.K.'s case, he has faced no charges or lawsuits for his admitted sexual misconduct).

Macdonald's Netflix show is still on track for a September 14 launch.

Fallon and Macdonald agreed they would address his #MeToo remarks at the end of their interview, following some reminiscing about the late Burt Reynolds (whom Macdonald used to imitate on "Saturday Night Live"). "Like, that Chris Hardwick guy I really thought got the blunt end of the stick there".

"I think they could get through the trauma if they were paid $200 and could buy some nice shoes", Macdonald told USA Today in an interview published Wednesday.

Comedian Norm MacDonald has spoken out about his concerns with the #MeToo era, and revealed that he convinced friend Louis CK to call Roseanne Barr to commiserate after her show was cancelled. Macdonald also quickly made an apology, stating that he was not defending the actions of Roseanne Barr and Louis C.K. He also said that it was not his intention to minimize the pain that the victims went through.

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Norm MacDonald has had somewhat of an unlucky year in terms of the kind of people he's worked with lately.

Netflix did not immediately return a request for comment.

"She was just so broken and crying constantly", Macdonald said.

What about when someone admits to wrongdoing?

MacDonald commented that while in the past, admitting wrongdoing and showing contrition could allow a celebrity to move past some kinds of misconduct - but said that now, admitting wrongdoing is a career ender. And so the only way to survive is to deny, deny, deny.

On Twitter Tuesday, one user predicted Macdonald was "about to have a very bad day", and she wasn't wrong.


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