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Norm Macdonald Gets Axed From The Tonight Show Amid Insensitive #MeToo Comments

Karen Devereaux

Posted on September 12, 2018 03:00

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The #MeToo movement has gained significant traction in the last year, with Harvey Weinstein, Tom Brokaw, Kevin Spacey, Bill O'Reilly, and Scott Baio being found guilty of creating a hostile work environment, through unwanted sexual advances. The magnitude of each offense ripples through the lives of actresses, politicians, university professors and hotel workers, coast to coast and continues to claim more victims with each wave.

Disgraced comedian Norm Macdonald has been given the boot for the second time--making disparaging comments relative to the #MeToo movement. 

Macdonald, a former Saturday Night Live alum, was demoted from its Weekend Update segment back in 1998.  By the end of the season, Macdonald resigned, but the rumor mills suggested his demise was the result of ongoing jokes about O.J. Simpson (who at the time was good friends with one of the show's executives, Don Ohlmeyer). 

The #MeToo movement has gained significant traction in the last year, with Harvey Weinstein, Tom Brokaw, Kevin Spacey, Bill O'Reilly, and Scott Baio being found guilty of creating a hostile work environment, through unwanted sexual advances. 

The magnitude of each offense ripples through the lives of actresses, politicians, university professors and hotel workers, coast to coast and continues to claim more victims with each wave. 

Instead of empathizing with countless victims, both those brave enough to share their story and those who cower in fear, Macdonald proclaimed he was “happy the #MeToo movement has slowed down a little bit,” criticizing the lack of "forgiveness” of performers who had “all their work in their entire life being wiped out in a single day, a moment.” 

Macdonald's comment was made in support of Louis C.K. (who admitted to self-pleasuring himself in front of female colleagues), and Roseanne Barr (who was fired from her Roseanne reboot--racially tweeting that Valerie Jarrett, an African-American senior advisor to former President Obama, was the product of someone Muslim and the planet of the apes).

Macdonald's comment led to the cancellation of his appearance on The Tonight Show, where he was set to promote his new Netflix show, “Norm Macdonald Has a Show.”  Thus far, Netflix has yet to confirm if they are moving forward with production, with a scheduled launch date of September 14, 2018.

I have always said, the only time people listen is when you reach into their pockets, and in recent times, networks are taking a preemptive stance against those who blatantly push the envelope.  We are all entitled to our opinions, but when the world's eyes are upon you, a certain level of diplomacy must be utilized. 

My hope is that a cancelled appearance is just the beginning.  Considering that Macdonald's circle includes two tarnished celebrities, one would surmise a lesson or two on tact would have been picked up along the way.  No worries.  History has a way of repeating itself and experience is always the best teacher.  Let's see how this unfolds.

Karen Devereaux

Posted on September 12, 2018 03:00

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Source: NYT

Norm Macdonald hosting an awards show in Canada in 2016. Mr. Macdonald has a Netflix talk show debuting on Friday.

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