Norm Macdonald: Jimmy Fallon Said His Producers Were Crying About His ‘Tonight Show’ Appearance
Norm Macdonald said “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon told him that his senior producers were crying about the possibility of having Macdonald on the show after his #MeToo comments.
Fallon himself was “very broken up” about the debate about whether to have him on the show, Macdonald told SiriusXM radio host Howard Stern.
“Jimmy [Fallon] came back in … and said, ‘Can I talk to you, buddy?’ … He was very broken up about it,” Macdonald told Stern Wednesday.
“He didn’t want this,” he added. “He said, ‘I don’t know what do.’ I said, ‘you think I shouldn’t do to the show?'”
“‘People are crying,'” Fallon said, according to Macdonald.
“I said, ‘people are crying?’ ‘Yeah,’ he said, ‘my senior producers are crying,'” Macdonald told Stern. “I was like, ‘good lord,’ I go, ‘Well, bring them in and let me talk to them. I don’t want to make people cry. I didn’t even know I had the capacity to make people cry.”
Macdonald explained, “So, I felt so bad from that comment. So Jimmy said, ‘come back whatever you want, but I think it will hurt the show tonight.’ And I said, ‘Jimmy, I don’t want to hurt your show. That’s the last thing I want to do is hurt your show.'”
The comments came after NBC announced that due to “sensitivity to our audience” the former “Saturday Night Live” star’s appearance was canceled. Macdonald told the Hollywood Reporter that he was “happy the #MeToo movement had slowed down a bit.”
He also talked about his friends Louis C.K. and Roseanne Barr, who lost “everything in a day.”
“Well, Louis and Roseanne are the two people I know,” Macdonald shared. “And Roseanne was so broken up [after her show’s reboot was canceled] that I got Louis to call her, even though Roseanne was very hard on Louis before that. But she was just so broken and just crying constantly. There are very few people that have gone through what they have — losing everything in a day.”
“Of course, people will go, ‘What about the victims?’ But, you know what? The victims didn’t have to go through that,” he added.
He later issued an apology via Twitter for his comments.
Roseanne and Louis have both 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 like I was minimizing the pain that their victims feel to this day, I am deeply sorry.
— Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) September 11, 2018