Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota has been edited out of ‘David Letterman: The Mark Twain Prize special’ which is been produced by PBS. The decision that was made to put him out emerged just after days after the alum of Saturday Night Live became the most recent politician to join in the train of public figures to be accused of sexual harassment.
On Monday, the network shared some thoughts with TVLine on the matter
PBS will release David Letterman: The Mark Twain Prize on the evening of Monday. Senator Al Franken had joined the event, but will not be seen in the final edit of the program. It was felt that putting the senator in the broadcast would draw the attention of the viewers from the intent of the video, WETA and PBS felt.
A rep from PBS has said on TVLine that Franken, though he will be removed from virtually the entire scenes will be visible on the last scene when the artist comes to Letterman on stage.
Allegations against Al Franken
On the 16th of November, a model and sports commentator, Leann Tweeded had come forth with accusations against the Senator. In her report, she had claimed that Al Franken had vehemently kissed her against her will during a tour back in 2006. She also made a public a photograph that appears that she is been fondles by Franken while she was yet asleep. Letterman had since offered multiple apologies for his actions and even gone to invite the Congress to carry out a proper ethical investigation into his mannerisms and behavior.
The 20th person to receive the recognition of the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor is David Letterman. Persons who also have been honored recently include Tina Fey, Ellen DeGeneres, Will Ferrell, Jay Leno, Eddie Murphy, Carol Burnett and Bill Murray.
The Mark Twain’s Prize which was shot and filmed in Washington D.C. on the 23rd of October has some stars come feature. Appearances were made by Steve Martin, Eddie Vedder, Jimmy Kimmel, Amy Schumer amongst others.