Shortly after comments about Roseanne Barr, Louis C.K. and the #MeToo movement made during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter sparked controversy online, comedian Norm Macdonald has issued an apology.
“Roseanne and Louis have both been very good friends of mine for many years,” Macdonald tweeted Tuesday evening. “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.”
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
Macdonald, who has a new show on Netflix titled Norm Macdonald Has a Show debuting this Friday (Sept. 14), drew criticism for saying he was “happy the #MeToo movement has slowed down a little bit,” and speaking about friends and fellow comics Barr and C.K.
“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,” Macdonald said. “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.”
Of the phone call between Barr and C.K., Macdonald said, “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.”
This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.