“Late Show” host Stephen Colbert tore into Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., on Thursday after a photo appears to show the then-comedian with his hands on radio host Leeann Tweeden’s breasts while she slept.
“Every day it seems like we find out about another high-profile sexual harasser, and today is no exception,” Colbert said. “Come on, Franken! 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’ve long admired Al Franken,” Colbert continued. “But I’ve got to say, this doesn’t bode well for Louis C.K.'s Senate hopes.”
TONIGHT: Every day it seems like we find out about another high profile sexual harasser, and today is no exception. #LSSC pic.twitter.com/sA42AfCVQ2— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) November 17, 2017
Franken apologized for his behavior, saying he initially posed for the photo as a joke. He said he now understands why Tweeden felt violated.
“OK, ‘intended to be funny but wasn’t’?” Colbert said. “No, 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 says, ‘Hey, can I draw a penis on your forehead?’”