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Norm Macdonald was fired from Saturday Night Live over OJ Simpson jokes

Norm Macdonald's deadpan style and skills as a writer made him the choice to host Weekend Update on SNL. O.J. Simpson was a favorite target. Macdonald opened the fake newscast the week

of the former football star’s acquittal on murder charges by saying, “Well, it’s finally official. Murder is legal in the state of California.

Macdonald was fired in the middle of the season in 1998 by NBC Entertainment executive Don Ohlmeyer, a friend of Simpson’s who reportedly didn’t appreciate the SNL star making Simpson the near constant butt of jokes.

“I was never bitter,” Macdonald said in the oral history Live From New York, released in 2002. “I always understood that Ohlmeyer could fire me, because he was the guy who owned the cameras, so that didn’t bother me. I was always happy that SNL gave me a chance.”

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