Norm Macdonald is clarifying his comments after making a controversial remark about Down syndrome yesterday on “The Howard Stern Show”.
During an appearance on “The View” on Thursday, the 58-year-old Canadian stand-up comedian recalled his comments on the radio show, where he said, “You’d have to have Down syndrome to not feel sorry for [#MeToo victims].”
The remark, which ended up bringing about further controversy, was meant to serve as an apology after the comedian compared the imploding careers of comedians Roseanne Barr and Louis C.K. to victims of sexual assault.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Macdonald reportedly said, “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 to through that.”
Addressing his recent comments about Down syndrome on “The View”, he said, “It’s always bad when you have to apologize for the apology.”
Macdonald explained, “There used to be a word we all used to say to mean ‘stupid’ that we don’t say anymore and stupidly I was about to say that word and I stopped and said, ‘What’s the right word to say?’ And then I said a different word that was equally offensive.”
He continued, “I realized at that moment I’d done something unforgivable.”
The former “Saturday Night Live” anchor is currently promoting his new Netflix show, “Norm Macdonald Has a Show”, which premieres on Sept. 14.