The co-anchors of the "Saturday Night Live" weekly news sketch, "Weekend Update," didn't hesitate to mock Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., a former performer on the show, who is facing claims that he groped and kissed a woman without her consent about a decade ago.
"Thursday is Thanksgiving, and there is so much to be thankful for this year, unless you're a human woman," said Colin Jost, appearing besides co-anchor Michael Che. Jost appeared to be calling attention to not just the Franken controversy, but others as well, including, sex assault allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and Alabama Republican Roy Moore.
TV host and sports broadcaster Leeann Tweeden accused Franken this week of groping and forcefully kissing her during a 2006 USO tour in the Middle East. The report included a photo taken of Franken placing his hands over her breasts while she was sleeping.
Jost took note of Franken's seemingly juvenile behavior in the photo.
"Now I know this photo looks bad, but remember: It also is bad. And sure this was taken before Franken ran for public office but it was also take after he was a sophomore in high school," Jost said. "It's pretty hard to be like, "Oh, c'mon he didn't know any better, he was only 55.'"
Jost also touched on the kiss, which Tweeden said Franken forced on her as part of a rehearsal for a comedy sketch for the troops.
"C'mon man, didn't the troops in Afghanistan have it hard enough without having to sit through sketch comedy. I mean people can barely stay up to watch sketches after 'Weekend Update,'" Jost quipped.
Che opened up his portion of the segment also talking about Franken, calling attention to how President Trump was quick to call out Franken, but not Moore, "who’s accused of way worse, by the way.”
"But Franken is a liberal and Trump and Moore are conservatives," Che added. "And in this country, everybody has to pick a side. Except for me. I think they’re all bitches. I don’t even know what side I would be on if I had to pick. I mean, maybe I’m a liberal because I do live in a gay neighborhood. But then, maybe I’m conservative because I never want to live in a black neighborhood again. Also, why are Republicans trying so hard to protect Roy Moore from this case? It’s not like he wrote the remix to 'Ignition.'"
Soon after the accusations came out against Franken, the lawmaker apologized and called for an ethics probe into the incident, which occurred while he worked as a comedian before he became a senator.
SNL's lack of hesitation to chide Franken is notable, not only because he used to appear on "Weekend Update," but because the show came under fire over its lack of material on the Weinstein scandal in it's Oct. 7 episode — two days after the New York Times published a damning story detailing sexual harassment allegations that spanned decades.
The following week, "SNL" dedicated an entire skit to the controversy.