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Conan O’Brien Revisits Norm MacDonald’s Firing from ‘SNL’ Over Withering O.J. Simpson Jokes

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Comic, author, and late-night host Conan O’Brien chimed in on the death of previous NFL star O.J. Simpson by remembering how a television executive at NBC who was among Simpson’s close individual good friends fired Norm MacDonald from his Saturday Night Live gig over the latter’s withering jokes focused on Simpson.

After Simpson was implicated of killing his better half, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her buddy, Ron Goldman, in 1994, MacDonald invested months raking Simpson over the coals in joke after joke throughout his areas on the funny program’s “Weekend Update” section.

By 1998, NBC notoriously fired MacDonald, and numerous have actually firmly insisted that the comic’s consistent jabs at Simpson added to the choice to toss him off the program.

Obviously, O’Brien shares that presumption.

Television host Conan O’Brien participates in the 11th Annual Stand Up for Heroes at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 7, 2017, in New York City. (Jim Spellman/WireImage)

Throughout an interview on CNN on Thursday, O’Brien called MacDonald’s body knocks on Simpson the “most fantastic funny” of the 1990s, Fox News reported.

MacDonald was fired in 1998 by NBC executive Dan Ohlmeyer. MacDonald informed David Letterman that Ohlmeyer informed him to his face that he “wasn’t amusing.” Ohlmeyer was successful in having MacDonald tossed off the program, although SNL primary Lorne Michaels supported MacDonald.

“It was a big offer at that time,” O’Brien informed Jake Tapper on Thursday. “Most significantly– he’s handed down– Norm MacDonald, among my finest visitors of perpetuity and among the terrific comics of perpetuity, simply informed a few of the most– did the most dazzling, I believe, funny of anyone throughout that entire duration.”

O’Brien was determined that MacDonald lost his task since of his Simpson jokes and included, “and the head of the network at the time was tight with O.J.”

INDICTMENT OF O J SIMPSON (Photo by Ted Soqui/Sygma through Getty Images)

O’Brien likewise kept in mind that the Simpson legend and “trial of the century” was a substantial minute in America.

“It was a, you understand, enormous– there have actually been often times in this nation where we’ve required to stop and reassess where we remain in our racial history, where are we, what development have we made, which was among those minutes, and it was such a watershed minute,” O’Brien stated.

Simpson passed away of cancer today at the age of 78. MacDonald preceded Simpson in death, passing away of cancer himself in 2021.

Upon Simpson’s death on Wednesday, social networks users flooded X with clips of MacDonald’s Simpson bits.

Standard MacDonald’s OJ Simpson jokes:

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