Norm Macdonald appeared on “The Howard Stern Show” on Wednesday, where he said he was “confused” when he made the controversial comments about Roseanne Barr and Louis C.K.
“I wish I never had to do an interview,” he said, “especially a print interview, because they edit it and put it together and ask you questions that maybe you don’t want to answer.”
“I’m a f***ing dumb guy, I get confused and s***,” he continued. “[The Hollywood Reporter was] asking me about a whole bunch of things at the same time.”
He shared, “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… They both said they had a good conversation and were just giving any advice you could give to each other.”
“There would be no way for me to even understand that advice, because who has ever gone through such a thing? All their work in their entire life being wiped out in a single day, a moment.”
The 58-year-old was torn down on Twitter for “minimizing” victims of racism and sexual misconduct by defending C.K. and Barr. He responded by writing, “I am deeply sorry” in a tweet on Tuesday.
Macdonald told Stern that his comments were misinterpreted and that he didn’t mean C.K. had suffered worse than the victims. “I said the victims went through worse [than Louis C.K.] but it wasn’t the same. You’d have to have Down Syndrome to not feel sorry for [the victims]. #MeToo is what you want for your daughters. You want that to be the future world.”
On Tuesday, Macdonald’s appearance on “The Tonight Show” was cancelled with NBC releasing a statement to say he wouldn’t be appearing on the show.
A spokesperson said, according to Deadline: “Out of sensitivity to our audience and in light of Norm Macdonald’s comments in the press today, ‘The Tonight Show’ has decided to cancel his appearance on Tuesday’s telecast.”
“Norm Macdonald Has A Show” begins streaming Sept. 14.