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'Tonight Show’ cancels Norm Macdonald appearance after #MeToo comments
NBC canceled comedian Norm Macdonald's scheduled appearance on "The Tonight Show" with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday after Macdonald gave an interview where he criticized aspects of the #MeToo movement and defended Roseanne Barr and Louis C.K.
The New York Times reported that NBC scrapped Macdonald's appearance with Fallon "Out of sensitivity to our audience," citing the comedian's comments.
Macdonald told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview that he's happy the #MeToo movement has "slowed down a little bit." He expressed frustration that there's "no forgiveness" and that individuals who admit wrongdoing have had their careers ended.
"There are very few people that have gone through what they have, losing everything in a day," Macdonald said. "Of course, people will go, 'What about the victims?' But you know what? The victims didn't have to go through that."
Macdonald, who has a new show premiering on Netflix this week, is a good friend of C.K., who admitted last year that he masturbated in front of women after a New York Times story detailed the accounts of multiple individuals who accused the comedian of sexual misconduct.
Macdonald was also a writer on the reboot of "Roseanne," which was canceled after Barr tweeted a racist message about former Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett.
Hours after The Hollywood Reporter interview was published, Macdonald issued an apology on Twitter.
"Roseanne and Louis have both been very good friends of mine for many years," he tweeted. "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."
Numerous powerful figures in the media and entertainment industries have been accused of sexual misconduct or sexual assault as part of the #MeToo movement in the last year. Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose and, most recently, Leslie Moonves are among the men who have been accused of engaging in a pattern of sexual misconduct in the workplace.