It’s been a tough week for the comedian, who has been trying to promote his new Netflix program, Norm Macdonald has a Show, with ill-advised comments regarding the #MeToo movement and disgraced entertainers. It all started with an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, in which the comedian lamented what has happened to Louis C.K. and Roseanne Barr over the past year—both of whom, said Macdonald, “[lost] everything in a day.” (C.K. admitted last year to sexual misconduct involving multiple women, while Barr lost her ABC sitcom following a racist tweet.) “Of course, people will go, ‘What about the victims?’” Macdonald said. “But you know what? The victims didn’t have to go through that.”
Controversy erupted immediately, and by the time Macdonald was set to film an appearance on The Tonight Show that evening, NBC decided to bump him from the show instead. In an apology on The Howard Stern Show Wednesday, Macdonald managed to make things worse by saying, “You’d have to have Down syndrome to not feel sorry” for survivors of sexual misconduct.