Hoffman has been accused of groping actresses when he was on the set of Death of a Salesman in the 1980s.
Several women have publicly accused Hoffman of sexual misconduct, including two who said he assaulted them while filming 1987 movie Ishtar by inserting his fingers inside them.
"Extraordinary writer, radio star - I was reading recently about him", Neeson said, giving what sounded to be a retelling of Keillor's own account of the incident and his firing to the. When you're doing a play, and you're with your family - other actors, technicians - you do silly things. "And it becomes sort of superstitious. I'm not saying I've done similar things like with what he did, you know, he apparently touched another girl's breasts and stuff, but it's childhood stuff".
He referred to radio presenter and writer Garrison Keillor who was dropped by Minnesota Public Radio past year after allegations of "inappropriate behaviour with an individual who worked with him". "But it's across every industry", Neeson added.
Tubridy did not challenge Neeson when he appeared to imply Hoffman's alleged behaviour was due to his "superstition" as an actor. I'm on the fence about that.
Liam Neeson has expressed his scepticism about the sexual misconduct allegations now sweeping through Hollywood and the entertainment industry, in an uncomfortable appearance on Irish television. The focus seems to be on Hollywood at the minute. It's healthy and it's across every industry.
"I'm a proud UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and I get sent facts and figures and stuff".
His comments sparked criticism on Twitter.
As we wrote in October, (like Neeson) to make this happen.
But @RealSarahFlynn wrote: "You mightn't like it but at least he's authentic and I don't think calling elements of it a witch hunt is that terribly untrue".