Al Franken cut from PBS' David Letterman tribute after groping allegations

Lester Mason
November 20, 2017

On Thursday, Tweeden, an anchor on McIntyre in the Morning, wrote in a first-person essay on the website for KABC talk radio that Franken kissed and groped her without her consent in 2006.

Al Franken has been edited out of PBS' David Letterman: The Mark Twain Prize special (airing Monday, 8/7c), TVLine has confirmed. The decision comes after the former Saturday Night Live writer and performer was accused of sexual harassment.

As TV Line, which previously reported the news, notes, Franken will still appear at the end of the show, when all the celebrities involved gather on stage with Letterman.

PBS and WETA said that the inclusion of Franken in the broadcast would distract from the show's objective as a celebration of American humor.

"I'm sorry. I respect women. And the fact that my own actions have given people a good reason to doubt that makes me feel ashamed", he added.

AP  Evan Agostini
AP Evan Agostini

Republicans have called for Franken to step down, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called for an investigation by the Senate Ethics Committee.

"PBS will air an updated David Letterman: The Mark Twain Prize on Monday", the network told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement.

Letterman is the 20th recipient of the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

The PBS special, which was filmed in late October, includes appearances by Martin Short, Amy Schumer, Jimmy Kimmel, Steve Martin, Bill Murray and John Mulaney.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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