Published 7:37 PM EDT Sep 12, 2018
Norm Macdonald's week has gone from bad to worse after the comedian, whose appearance on "the Tonight Show" was cancelled Tuesday following his tone-deaf remarks about the #MeToo movement, made light of Down syndrome.
During an interview on "The Howard Stern Show" Wednesday, Macdonald said "you’d have to have Down syndrome to not feel sorry” for harassment victims.
He continued: “Down syndrome, That’s my new word.”
Macdonald is referencing his controversial Hollywood Reporter interview were he expressed sympathy towards close friends Louis C.K. (who was accused by five women of sexual misconduct) and Roseanne Barr (whose namesake TV reboot was abruptly canceled following her racist tweet about former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett).
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The comedian told THR the sexual abuse and harassment "victims didn't have to go through" what C.K. and Barr did, as far as losing their entire careers in a day, and added that he is "happy the #MeToo movement has slowed down a little bit."
Macdonald took to Twitter to apologize for "minimizing the pain" as controversy started to boil, but his remarks were enough for "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" to pull the plug on his scheduled appearance Tuesday night.
Speaking to Stern, the former "Saturday Night Live" cast member revealed Fallon personally told him the news backstage.
“Then Jimmy came back in, said can I talk to you buddy?” Macdonald said. “He was very broken up about it, he said ‘I don’t know what to do..it’s just that I have so much pressure, people are crying. Senior producers are crying.’
He continued: “I was like good Lord, bring them in and let me talk to them, I don’t want to make people cry. Jimmy said come back whenever you want, but I think it’ll hurt the show tonight.”
While his insensitive remarks about Down Syndrome may spark another wave of backlash, Macdonald changed course on #MeToo, adding the movement is "what you want for your daughters" and what "the future world."
His scheduled appearance on ABC's "The View" is still going on as planned.
Macdonald's new interview series, "Norm Macdonald Has a Show," is launching on Netflix Sept. 14, but only time will tell if the the comedian faces further blowback from his comments.
One Twitter user said: "'Norm McDonald Has A Show.' After saying that the victims didn't feel as bad or lose everything like CK did, the title should be changed to 'Norm McDonald Doesn't Have A Show For Much Longer.'