Norm Macdonald continued his apology tour on Thursday’s episode of “The View” after making headlines for his controversial remarks about the #MeToo movement, and the treatment of Louis C.K., Roseanne, and Chris Hardwick in recent scandals.
Macdonald said he’s been taken aback by the criticism regarding his comments.
“I have been surprised because I never did anything. I spoke. I don’t want to be tossed in with people who did, not crimes, but sins,” he said. “I barely have consensual sex.”
Macdonald found himself at the center of controversy after saying he was “happy the #MeToo movement has slowed down a bit” in a recent interview in the Hollywood Reporter.
His appearance on “The Tonight Show” was canceled that day, though he apologized during an appearance on “The Howard Stern Show” the next day. On the show, he further drew ire when he said, “You’d have to have Down syndrome to not feel sorry for [the victims].”
“It’s always bad when you have to apologize for an apology,” Macdonald told the co-hosts of “The View.” “There is a thing with Howard where there’s a recklessness in the studio.”
He continued, “There’s a word we used to use to mean stupid I was about to say that word, and then I stopped and thought about what’s the right word to say. I realized at that moment I did something unforgivable.”
Later in the segment, Macdonald got emotional saying, “The remark I made about people with Down syndrome was a terrible, terrible thing for me to say.”
Macdonald also elaborated on his comments about Hardwick, who Macdonald previously said “got the blunt end of the stick there.” Hardwick was accused of sexual and emotional abuse by his ex-girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra.
The comedian said, “If 500 women go against a man, obviously the guy is guilty. For Chris Hardwick, it was one woman against one man. So for him, I think it was good the pendulum was slowing. That’s all I was trying to say.”
Macdonald had initially been making his rounds in the press to promote his upcoming Netflix series, “Norm Macdonald Has a Show.” When Whoopi Goldberg brought up the show, Macdonald said, “I feel a little weird plugging it at this point.”