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Last Night on Late Night

Colbert rips Franken over harassment allegations: 'I guess there are no good people left'


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Et tu, Franken?

Stephen Colbert excoriated Senator Al Franken during his Late Show monologue Thursday night, hours after the Minnesota lawmaker — and fellow comedian — was accused of forcibly kissing and groping a woman during a 2006 U.S.O. tour of the Middle East.

“Every day it seems like we find out about another high-profile sexual harasser, and today is no exception,” Colbert said. “Come on, Franken! 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.”

He added, “As a fellow comedian, I’ve long admired Al Franken. But I’ve got to say, this does not bode well for Louis C.K.‘s Senate hopes.”

Leeann Tweeden, a radio newscaster in Los Angeles, on Thursday accused Franken of kissing her without consent during a rehearsal and groping her for a photo as she slept. Regarding the first allegation, Colbert said, “For those of you not in showbiz, actors call that technique ‘sexual harassment.’” Regarding the compromising photo, he said, “Oh boy, that is … admissible evidence.”

Colbert also found Franken’s initial apology — in which he said the photo “was clearly intended to be funny but wasn’t” — to be lacking. (The senator eventually issued a longer, more contrite apology.)

“OK, ‘intended to be funny but wasn’t’?” Colbert said. “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?’”

Watch the clip above for more. The Late Show airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET.

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