The liberal-leaning host of CBS’ “Late Show,” Stephen Colbert expressed his opinion about Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) on his Thursday broadcast. Commenting on sexual harassment claims dominating the headlines, Colbert was not buying excuses made by Franken regarding a damaging photo.
Colbert said, “Every day, it seems like we find out about another high-profile sexual harasser, and today is no exception. Come on, Franken!”
Colbert’s reference to the senator came on the same day that model and radio host Leeann Tweeden told the world that in 2006, the year before he began a political career and when still a comedian, Franken forced a kiss on her and subsequently took a suggestive photo that shows him mockingly “groping” her breasts while she slept.
Colbert felt this didn’t bode well for those who are generally considered to be “good people.”
“I guess there are no good people left, so let’s just get it over with: Just tell us whatever you did, Jimmy Carter, Barack Obama, Tom Hanks, Malala.”
“As a fellow comedian, I’ve long admired Al Franken,” Colbert continued. “But I’ve got to say, this doesn’t bode well for Louis C.K.’s Senate hopes.”
Louis C.K. was accused of multiple instances of sexual misconduct and admitted his guilt regarding allegations made by five women. He then issued an apology, saying he understood how he’d abused his power and influence.
Franken also apologized for his behavior, saying the contrived photo was a joke. “I don’t know what was in my head when I took that picture, and it doesn’t matter. There’s no excuse. I look at it now and I feel disgusted with myself. It isn’t funny,” Franken said. He added that he understands why Tweeden felt violated by his “joke.”
Colbert was not in the mood for excuses. He blasted Franken, saying, “Okay, ‘Intended to be funny but wasn’t?’ No, your movie ‘Stuart Saves His Family’ was intended to be funny but wasn’t. That photo was intended to embarrass her. That’s why he did it while she was asleep. Nobody goes up to their buddy when he’s awake and says, ‘Hey, can I draw a penis on your forehead?’”
You may watch a clip of Colbert’s comments on Thursday below.
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