Conan O'Brien claims NBC tried to BAN Norm Macdonald from his late-night show as TV star remembers late comedian

CONAN O'Brien claimed the NBC network had allegedly tried to ban Norm Macdonald from his late-night show.

Conan, 58, paid tribute to Norm, who recently passed away from his nine-year private battle with cancer, on his podcast. 

During the installment, the late-night comic mentioned Norm's alleged refusal to stop making jokes about the O.J. Simpson trial supposedly "cost him his job."

Conan claimed: "The word came down. You can’t book Norm Macdonald anymore. And it came from the top, from Don Ohlmeyer.”

Andy Richter, 54, claimed that Don – the president of NBC's West Coast division – "was friends with a murderer.” 

Conan joked: "Alleged! I've seen no proof, Andy." 

Conan reportedly sent Don a letter, which allegedly stated: "I got this directive. You’ve hired me to do the best show I can and this is my best guest.

"So I need to do my job, which is the best show I can do.”

Due to his "loyalty" to Norm, Conan claimed Don responded with: "I expected better from you.” 


Back in 1998, Norm was Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update anchor for about three seasons. 

However, Don had the comedian removed as Weekend Update anchor from the popular NBC show.

The president of NBC's West Coast division cited his reasons for Norm's removal were due to the "decline in ratings and a drop-off in quality."

Norm, though, believed he was dismissed after he made a series of jokes about O.J. and the Nicole Brown Simpson trial.

Even during 1998 ESPY's, when Norm congratulated Charles Woodson on his Heisman Trophy, he said: "That is something that no one can ever take away from you.

“Unless you kill your wife and a waiter, in which case, all bets are off.”


In later years, the Dirty Work actor moved past his O.J. joke theory and assumed Don had removed him because he was supposedly seen as insubordinate.

Norm claimed: "I think the whole show was tired of me not taking marching orders. Lorne [Michaels] would hint at things… I'd do Michael Jackson jokes. 

"And Lorne would say, 'do you really want a lawsuit from Michael Jackson?' And I'd say, 'Cool! That'd be f***ing cool, Michael Jackson suing me!'"


Norm had been married and tied the knot to Connie Vaillancourt Macdonald back in 1988.

Connie and Norm then divorced in 1999.

Norm is survived by his son Dylan, whom he shared with his ex-wife Connie.


Recently, footage from the March 2020 improv performance in Los Angeles revealed that the Norm Show comic made a series of pointed references to mortality before his death. 

While reflecting on the pandemic, he said: "It’s funny that we all now know how we’re going to die.

“It’s just a matter of what order at this point."

He concluded: "To survive long enough where they find a cure. You know some people will have to die but finally, they'll find a cure for me."

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