September 12, 2018 2:24 am
Updated: September 15, 2018 10:02 pm

Norm Macdonald apologizes after defending Louis C.K., Roseanne Barr

Norm Macdonald begins as host of the Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto on Sunday, March 13, 2016.

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Canadian comedian Norm Macdonald is apologizing for defending Roseanne Barr and Louis C.K. during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

Barr, who hired Macdonald to write on her original Roseanne series, lost her comeback series over a racist tweet.

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Louis C.K.’s production deal with FX Networks ended and a movie release was cancelled when he admitted to inappropriate behaviour following allegations from five women.

Macdonald told The Hollywood Reporter that people used to get a “second chance” when they admitted wrongdoing, but “now it’s admit wrongdoing and you’re finished.”

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He also said he was “happy the #MeToo movement has slowed down a little bit.”

That brought social media down on Macdonald, with some suggesting on Twitter it could lead to his new Netflix show being cancelled.

In his apology tweet, Macdonald said Barr and Louis C.K. “both made terrible mistakes and I would never defend their actions.”

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