Shocking loss. Seth Rogen, Jon Stewart and more celebrities offer their condolences after comedian Norm Macdonald dies at the age of 61.
The former Saturday Night Live star battled cancer privately for nearly 10 years before Us Weekly confirmed his death on Tuesday, September 14th.
“He was most proud of his comedy,” his longtime production partner Lori Jo Hoekstra said in a statement. “He never wanted the diagnosis to affect the way the audience or loved ones saw him. Norm was a pure comedian. He once wrote: “A joke should surprise someone, it should never be flattering.” He’s certainly never flattered. Norm is terribly missed. “
Macdonald appeared on the long-running variety sketch show for five years between 1993 and 1998. He anchored the iconic “Weekend Update” segment for three seasons, following in the footsteps of Chevy Chase, Kevin Nealon and Jane Curtin. The segment has since been hosted by Seth Meyers, Amy Pöhler, Tina Fey, Colin Jost, Michael Che and more.
Aside from his work on the NBC late night series, the native Canadian was known for roles in 1995’s Billy Madison and 2010’s Grown Ups. His last film credit was in Klaus from 2019.
Over the years, Norm Macdonald Has a Show host was a controversial comedic character. In September 2018, he was pulled from a scheduled appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon after raising eyebrows on comments on the #MeToo movement.
“I’m happy that the #MeToo movement has slowed down a little. … The model was earlier: Admit wrongdoing, show total remorse and then we’ll give you a second chance, “Macdonald said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “Now it’s time to admit wrongdoing and you’re done. So the only way to survive is to deny, to deny, to deny. “
He stood up for friends Louis CK and Roseanne Barrwho at the time had both been under attack for various scandals. “There are very few people who have gone through what they have and lost everything in a day,” Macdonald continued. “Of course people will say, ‘What about the victims?’ But, you know what? The victims didn’t have to go through that. “
Shortly after his comments sparked a backlash, the Mike Tyson Mysteries actor apologized via Twitter. “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, ”he wrote. “If my words sounded like minimizing the pain their victims still feel today, I am deeply sorry.”
In 2016, the Dr. Dolittle star of how Hollywood has changed over its decades of career.
“I’ve done [talk shows] 20 years ago and 20 years ago when you were on a talk show you talked and it just fizzled out, ”he said during an appearance on the Howard Stern Show. “And now it’s forever.”
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