PBS Cuts Al Franken From Comedy Tribute Honoring David Letterman

NewsBusters | 11/21/2017 | Staff
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Senator Al Franken has been removed from a PBS program that aired nationally as a tribute to former CBS Late Night host and comedian David Letterman on Monday at 8 p.m.

After noting that “Franken participated in the event,” the network stated that he “will not appear substantially in the PBS program” because his inclusion “at this time would distract from the show's purpose as a celebration of American humor."

Article - Kimberly - Nordyke - Hollywood - Reporter

According to an article by Kimberly Nordyke of the Hollywood Reporter website, the Democratic official was removed from the “updated” special, which is entitled David Letterman: The Mark Twain Prize, because PBS and WETA -- the producing television station that covers the Washington, D.C., area -- since the Minnesota senator was accused of sexual harassment last week.

“Every year, this program is edited for both length and content to keep it entertaining and focused on its intended purpose as a celebration of American humor,” the statement added.

Segment - Franken - Letterman - Series - Videos

The segment originally featured Franken thanking Letterman in “a post-retirement series of videos that he and Letterman recorded together designed to raise awareness on climate change.”

However, KABC radio anchor Leeann Tweeden claimed that Franken kissed and groped her without her permission while returning from a tour to entertain troops in the Middle East for the United Service Organizations (USO) in 2006.

Assertion - Picture - Franken - Hands - Breasts

The assertion was supported by a picture of Franken posing with his hands on her breasts while she was asleep during the plane flight back to the U.S.

Shortly after Tweeden's first-person essay was posted online, Franken released a statement through his press office extending his "sincerest apologies to Leeann," he said. "As to the photo, it was clearly intended to be funny but wasn't. I shouldn't have done it."

Franken - Statement - Investigation

“Franken then released a lengthier second statement” in which he called for an ethics investigation of himself and “vowed...
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