Minnesota Sen. Al Franken was removed from the PBS special which would honor comedian David Letterman because of the sexual misconduct accusations.
Sen. Al Franken was at the event that was filmed last month thanking Letterman for his contribution on the series of short videos on climate change awareness.
But PBS and WETA decided to remove him from the broadcast.
“PBS will air an updated ‘David Letterman: The Mark Twain Prize’ on Monday. Sen. Al Franken participated in the event, but will not appear substantially in the PBS program airing nationally Monday evening,” WETA spokesperson Cecily Van Praagh stated. “PBS and WETA, the producing station, felt that the inclusion of Sen. Franken in the broadcast at this time would distract from the show’s purpose as a celebration of American humor. Every year, this program is edited for both length and content to keep it entertaining and focused on its intended purpose as a celebration of American humor.”
This decision was made after Leeann Tweeden came forward with her story, accusing Sen. Al Franken of forcing her to kiss him during the USO tour in 2006.
The former Playboy model also provided a shocking photograph of Al Franken grouping her while she was asleep.
Many Democrats and Republicans have called for Sen. Al Franken to resign.
But Al Franken spokesperson said that he doesn’t plan to resign and is “doing a lot of reflecting” over the holiday with his family.
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