2018-09-12 13:53:39 UTC
The Tonight Show just canceled tonight's Norm Macdonald appearance
History repeated itself tonight, as an NBC late-night program abruptly booted comedian
Norm Macdonald from a high-profile gig. This time, it wasn’t Saturday Night Live and
Weekend Update, though, but The Tonight Show, which announced just a few minutes
ago that it was killing Macdonald’s planned appearance on tonight’s episode, in the
wake of a controversial interview with the veteran stand-up that ran in The Hollywood
As previously reported, Macdonald’s interview managed to fall on the “predictable
but disappointing” side of a shocking number of pop-culture issues, from his hearsay
objections to Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette, to his support for old friends like Louis CK
and Roseanne Barr, to his belief that Chris Hardwick was a hapless victim of the
#MeToo movement. And while Macdonald has now issued an apology for “minimizing
the pain” of the people hurt by CK and Barr’s actions, it doesn’t appear to have been
enough to stop The Tonight Show producers from wanting to distance themselves
from his comments and the anger surrounding them.
“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.”
“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,” the show said in a statement tonight. (They’ll be extending a Matthew
McConaughey interview in the Macdonald segment’s place.)
As it happens, Macdonald touched on Tonight host Jimmy Fallon during the interview,
defending him from accusations of “humanizing” Donald Trump during the run-up to
the 2016 election.
Meanwhile, Macdonald’s new Netflix series, Norm Macdonald Has A Show, debuts
on September 14.