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Norm Macdonald details cancellation of 'Tonight Show' appearance after MeToo comments

Comedian Norm Macdonald elaborated on Wednesday on the circumstances surrounding his canceled "Tonight Show" appearance after he criticized the #MeToo movement and defended Louis C.K. and Roseanne Barr.

Macdonald said during an interview on Howard Stern's radio show that "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon approached him prior to Tuesday's recording to discuss how they should address Macdonald's comments, which were published earlier that day.

The two initially agreed they would address the matter at the end of Macdonald's interview after discussing the death of actor Burt Reynolds, Macdonald said, as first reported by

The comedian told Stern that Fallon returned to his dressing room later to say he received pressure from some on the show's staff, and that others were "crying" over Macdonald's scheduled appearance.

"He was very broken up about it, he didn't want this," Macdonald said, adding that Fallon decided it was ultimately best for the comedian to return as a guest another time.

NBC said in a statement it had scrapped Macdonald's appearance with Fallon "out of sensitivity to our audience," citing the comedian's comments to The Hollywood Reporter.

Macdonald, who has a new show premiering on Netflix this week, said 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."

He went on to defend fellow comedian C.K., a friend of his who has admitted to masturbating in front of multiple women, and Barr, who was fired from the "Roseanne" reboot for making racist comments about Valerie Jarrett.

Macdonald later apologized for his comments.

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