Sen. Al Franken is pretty toxic right now, although Democrats can’t decide whether he belongs in the Senate or not following allegations of sexual misconduct with newscaster and model Leeann Tweeden.
He’s apparently too toxic, though, for PBS, which has said that Franken “will not appear substantially” in Monday night’s broadcast of “David Letterman: The Mark Twain Prize.”
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) November 20, 2017
Now just edit him out of @USSenate
— ball-striker 06 (@fhollandjr) November 20, 2017
The Washington Examiner reports:
“PBS and WETA, the producing station, felt that the inclusion of Senator Franken in the broadcast at this time would distract from the show’s purpose as a celebration of American humor,” the network said.
Though Franken’s participation will largely be edited out of the broadcast, the network told TVLine the senator can still be seen “in the finale shot when all the cast” joins Letterman on stage.
We know he never served as a senator, but wasn’t Letterman himself blackmailed into revealing an affair with a 21-year-old college intern when he was 49?
— Fusilli Spock (@awstar11) November 20, 2017
On air, Letterman revealed the existence of a package from a would-be blackmailer containing “proof that I do terrible, terrible things.”
Apparently Franken was not good enough to be in the special honoring of the guy who had the secret bedroom in his studio. https://t.co/H1WP0zAsJi
— NeoKong (@The_NeoKong) November 20, 2017
Bizarre contradiction, to exclude one badly behaving idiot from a special honoring someone with a similar history. https://t.co/E35HEzVFll
— JLA (@goldfinchie) November 20, 2017
The presence of serial sexual harasser Al Franken would distract from an evening devoted to serial sexual harasser David Letterman.
— Martin K (@jmkg95) November 20, 2017
They should have edited out Letterman too
— Duke MacNeal (@Duke_MacNeal) November 20, 2017
How appropriate – State TV erasing history. https://t.co/VGdXHuBp0n
— Stuart Stein (@SsteinStuart) November 20, 2017
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GROSS: John Ziegler wishes 'PC wuss' Al Franken would do MORE to shame Leeann Tweeden https://t.co/DQmSwjdlsV
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) November 20, 2017