Stephen Colbert Addresses Al Franken’s Harassment Allegation: ‘C’MON!’


On Thursday night, Stephen Colbert addressed the controversy surrounding Al Franken.

“Every day it seems like we find out about another high profile sexual harasser, and today is no exception,” Colbert began. “Brace yourself.”

Franken, who recently appeared on The Late Show in August, was accused of forcibly kissing and groping a radio news anchor back in 2006 during a USO trip to Afghanistan.

“C’mon Franken!” Colbert reacted. “I guess there’s just 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.”

The Late Show host said as a fellow comedian that he “long admired” Franken and that this “does not bode well” for “Louis C.K.’s senate hopes.” He then read Leeann Tweeden‘s assertion that Franken grabbed the back of her head and “forced” his tongue in her mouth.

“For those who are not in showbiz, actors call that technique ‘sexual harassment,'” Colbert said.

Colbert then called the photo he took “admissible evidence” and mocked Franken’s initial apology when he said he “intended to be funny but wasn’t.”

“‘Intended to be funny but wasn’t?’ No,” Colbert shot back. “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 asks, ‘Hey, can I draw a penis on your forehead?'”

Watch the clip above, via CBS.

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