Canadian veteran stand-up Norm Macdonald was ejected from his appearance on Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday
Former Saturday Night Live actor Norm Macdonald was told he could not appear on the Jimmy Fallon show on Tuesday night because his comments about the #MeToo movement made high-level producers cry.
Macdonald told Howard Stern on Wednesday morning that he had arrived early on NBC to record a segment called True Confessions with his partner Matthew McConaughey when they told him he had to leave.
The Canadian stand-up veteran told the radio host that he had initially been approached by unnamed staff, who explained that Fallon would have to address Macdonald's controversial comments during the program.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, published on Tuesday morning, Macdonald said he was "happy that the #MeToo movement has slowed down a bit."
Macdonald said that people used to get a second chance, but now "there is no forgiveness."
Macdonald said he had linked Louis C.K, who was accused of sexual misconduct, with Roseanne Barr, who was fired from his show in May for racist comments, so they could talk about what had happened.
Macdonald said he had arrived early to film a segment, only hours after telling the Hollywood reporter that he wanted Louis CK and Roseanne Barr to come together and pity each other because they had lost everything because of the #MeToo movement. These comments made the senior producers mourn at the Tonight Show, he said
Louis CK was indicted and admitted that he masturbated in front of a woman without his consent, while Roseanne Barr compared an African-American former member of Obama with a cross between "the Muslim brotherhood and the planet of the apes." Both were rejected by the entertainment industry immediately, destroying their careers
"There are very few people who have gone through what they have, losing everything in a day," he said.
"Of course, people will go," What about the victims? "But you know what? The victims did not have to go through that."
Macdonald was criticized online for his comments, for people who thought he fired those who had revealed themselves to be victims of sexual assault, and for others who saw his comments as attempts to defend Barr and CK.
After talking to the staff, Fallon showed up to talk to him. The couple agreed that they would discuss Macdonald's comments after their interview.
Macdonald said he and Fallon agreed he would not do the show on Tuesday to avoid damaging the brand, after Fallon revealed the staff's anguish over MacDonald's appearance.
Macdonald said the producers had suggested he start the show with an apology on stage, which he refused to do, telling Howard Stern that it would ruin the show, before Fallon returned with a red face.
"Jimmy came back in. They were about to start and he said," Can I talk to you, friend? "And he said he was very, very broken because of that, he did not want that, but he said," I do not know what to do, "Macdonald told Stern.
"I said," Do you think I should not do the program? "He said:" People are crying ", [Fallon said].
"I said:" Are people crying? "Yes," he said, "my senior producers are crying."
"I said," My God, bring them in and let me talk to them. "I did not even know I had the ability to make people cry, so I felt so bad about that comment.
"Jimmy said," Come back what you want but I think it will hurt the show tonight. "I said," Jimmy, I do not want to hurt your show. That's the last thing I want to do is damage your show. "
Macdonald told Howard Stern that he had been misunderstood, and felt "great pain" for hurting people or for minimizing the pain of victims of sexual assault.
Macdonald apologized on Twitter and told his followers: "Roseanne and Louis have 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 as if I were minimizing the pain their victims feel to this day, I am deeply sorry."
The stand-up also apologized to Howard Stern, telling the host that he had "very sad" people who misinterpreted his comments.
"I have so many women in my family and so many women that I know terrible things have happened to them, I am completely behind the #MeToo movement," he said.
He tried to clarify: Only a few people all over the world have gone through this situation where everything is taken away from them.
"I was not saying it was much worse than what the victims go through, what the victims suffered was horrible."