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Late night hosts condemn 'horrifying' Al Franken

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 11/17/2017 Maeve McDermott
Trevor Noah and Stephen Colbert were among the late night hosts who condemned Sen. Al Franken for his alleged sexual misconduct. © AP/Getty/CBS Trevor Noah and Stephen Colbert were among the late night hosts who condemned Sen. Al Franken for his alleged sexual misconduct.

Late night TV hosts had quite a few thoughts about Sen. Al Franken on Thursday night's shows. 

After TV host Leeann Tweeden accused Franken of kissing and groping her without her consent in an article published Thursday morning, hosts including Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers and Trevor Noah tackled the allegations against the Minnesota senator, with a mix of wry humor and genuine frustration.

"Come on, Franken!" Colbert said during his Late Show monologue. “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 have long admired Al Franken," he continued. "But I gotta say, this does not bode well for Louis C.K.'s Senate hopes."

On the Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon cracked a similar joke to Colbert's about accused sexual predators running for political office. 

“Radio host Leeann Tweeden came forward and said Sen. Al Franken groped her without her consent, and she posted a photo as evidence,” he said. “In fact, it’s so bad, Franken’s already a frontrunner for president in 2020.”

The Daily Show's Trevor Noah was similarly aghast at the news, criticizing the widely-circulated picture of Franken appearing to grope Tweeden while she was asleep. 

"Al Franken? #YouToo?" he said. "Even if there wasn't a woman in that picture, that pose is its own crime. Like, if I saw Franken doing that in a supermarket, I'd be like, 'Hey, leave that fruit alone!'"

“The story is another example of how at all levels, we men have been complicit in perpetuating the culture that devalues women,” Noah continued. “I don’t care who you are: Democrats, Republicans, black, white, rich, poor. Men. Because you forget, it’s not just Al Franken in the picture. It’s the guy who’s taking the picture. His Billy Bush."

Meanwhile, Seth Meyers linked the Franken allegations to the recent Roy Moore scandal in a "Closer Look" segment, calling the photo "horrifying."

“She’s wearing Army gear because it’s a USO tour, but honestly, who could blame women if they started wearing military gear whenever they’re around men?" he said.

 

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