This comedian, speaking on the record, has been strangely contrite in recent days.
He now seems unsure of a verdict he used to joke about on a weekly basis.
The truth is it’s all a publicity stunt. What he has been telling former colleagues from his long running gig, and others he knows in town, is that he wants to lure the celeb in question onto his new show, hoping he’ll finally confess.
But even if he didn’t, the comedian knows it would be ratings gold.
For all the sanctimony about what happened, it’s kind of surprising he would want to give a platform to someone so notorious.
Anything to become famous again, I guess.
Norm Macdonald Was Fired From SNL Over O.J. Jokes. Now He’s ‘Not Completely Sure’ He’s Guilty.
The former Weekend Update anchor—who was reportedly fired from SNL over his O.J. jokes—has had a change of heart.
Norm Macdonald Live, the podcast and streaming show hosted by comedian Norm Macdonald, returns this week after a nine-month hiatus with string of big-name guests that includes David Letterman, Caitlyn Jenner, and Jerry Seinfeld. But he was really hoping for the recently paroled O.J. Simpson.
“I thought I had O.J. and his lawyer said, ‘Oh yeah, O.J. will do it,’” Macdonald tells The Daily Beast in a new interview that will run in full later this week. “And then he came back and said, are you the Norm Macdonald that was on NBC?” When he admitted that he was once on a little show called Saturday Night Live, the lawyer replied, “O.J. said you were a little tough.”
That deliberately comedic understatement in Macdonald’s retelling of a conversation that may or may not have actually happened—he recently wrote a memoir called Based on a True Story that was full of outlandish exaggerations—belies the fact that the comedian was likely fired by SNL in the late-1990s for making too many O.J. Simpson jokes from his Weekend Update desk.
Below are just a few of the most scathing jokes he told during his tenure.
“After grisly photos of the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson were shown in court, O.J. turned his head away and wept. It was at that moment that he realized he would never be able to kill her again.”
“In a sworn deposition this week, O.J. Simpson claimed that he never beat, choked, or hit his ex-wife with a closed or open fist. Luckily for O.J., lawyers forgot to ask if he had ever cut her head off.” – Source