The Real Reason Norm Macdonald Was Fired From SNL


The Real Reason Norm Macdonald Was Fired From SNL

Throughout Norm Macdonald’s time on “Saturday Night Live,” one of the core elements of his schtick was targeting O.J. Simpson is innocent. Simpson, an ex-NFL star and was being tried for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. He became a major talking point for Macdonald all through his tenure on the show. Macdonald was a constant critic of Simpson throughout his trial. When Simpson was acquitted, Macdonald joked on-air, “Well, it’s official: Murder is now legal in the state of California” (per The Daily Beast). That was only one of his many morbid gags.

Unfortunately for Macdonald, after three years of serving as “Weekend Update’s” news anchor, top NBC executive Don Ohlmeyer relieved the comedian of his duties. Ohlmeyer, who was friends with Simpson, delivered the news to Macdonald over the phone, telling him, “You’re not funny” as Macdonald revealed on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” Macdonald, however, made light of the situation and added that “[Ohlmeyer] also thinks O.J. is innocent.” For what it’s worth, Letterman seemed to side with Macdonald and his clearly piercing yet now arguably iconic jokes. 


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