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‘SNL’ Takes on Alum Al Franken

On the Nov. 18 edition of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” during “Weekend Update”, ‘anchors’ Colin Jost and Michael Che reported on the latest notable male personality to be accused of sexual misconduct: U.S. Senator from Minnesota, Al Franken. Earlier in the week, Los Angeles news radio anchor Leeann Tweeden had commented that during a 2006 USO tour, Franken had forcibly kissed her without her consent for the purposes of a comedy skit. He had also been photographed appearing to grab Tweeden’s chest while she were asleep.

Franken has since apologized for the incident. Tweeden had accepted that apology.

Franken was a writer and performer on “SNL” for most of the show’s first twenty seasons from 1975-95. He was most famous for portraying fictitious self-help guru Stuart Smalley.