Norm Macdonald, a 1990s star of “Saturday Night Live,” supposedly lost that gig because he made too many O.J. Simpson jokes as “Weekend Update” anchor.Now that Simpson is headed for parole, Macdonald is cozying up to The Juice.
He told The Daily Beast in an interview: “Well, I’m not completely sure he’s guilty anymore” of the double murders he was tried and cleared of — until losing the civil judgment to the family of victim Ron Goldman.
Asked “What changed your mind?” Macdonald told Matt Wilstein: “The fact that his son may have done it, I guess. … They had the same DNA. I don’t know much about DNA. You know how O.J. was the greatest rusher in the history of the NFL? I guess I was the greatest rusher-to-judgment.”
Macdonald, who pretended he was hitting a tree while chatting on the phone with Wilstein, called Simpson “awesome” and “great.”
“You know, I feel sorry for the victims of the double murder,” he said. “Although I guess I was a victim also. I guess there were three victims that night. Nicole Simpson, some waiter, and me. Ron Goldman!”
Even so, Macdonald says he wants to snag “O.J. real bad” for an interview on his own show, “Norm Macdonald Live.”
Macdonald also did a long critique of the current SNL, including the show after Donald Trump was elected.
“This wasn’t even a tragedy; just a guy got elected,” he said. “They open the show with Kate McKinnon singing ‘Hallelujah’ by Leonard Cohen. And I was sad Leonard Cohen died; I love Leonard Cohen. But at the end, Kate McKinnon said, “I’m going to get through this and so are you. [The actual quote was, “I’m not giving up, and neither should you.”] I was like, what the f— are we getting through? That a man was duly elected president? What are you, crazy?
“Like, at first, I seriously thought she meant Leonard Cohen’s death. And I was like, well I can get through that. I can get through anything. I got through my own father’s death. You think I can’t get through a man getting elected president of the United States? It was so absurd that, for some reason, she was the one that was supposed to let me know that it’s alright to go on. Go on as if nothing happened. Nothing exploded.”
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