Executives cut senator Al Franken’s segment from an upcoming PBS broadcast of a tribute to David Letterman after a woman accused him of “groping and forcibly kissing” her back in 2006. The special is titled, “David Letterman: The Mark Twain Prize” and it will air on Monday night.
Franken, who also works as a comedian, intended on being one of the many people who would participate in the event which honored Letterman.
A spokesperson for PBS said on Monday, “PBS will air an updated David Letterman: The Mark Twain Prize” on Monday. They added that Franken participated in the original filming of the ceremony, but this segment will no longer appear.
PBS filmed the special on the 23rd of October in Washington, D.C, and it includes people like Martin Short, Steve Martin, Jimmy Kimmel, Amy Schumer, and many others.
On the 16th of November, Leann Tweeden – who previously worked as a model and is now a radio news anchor in Los Angeles – revealed the story of Al kissing her “without consent” during a rehearsal while on a U.S.O tour of the Middle East in 2006.
Additionally, the former model released a photo which showed Franken appearing to grope her while she was sleeping. After Leeann released the photo, Al apologized and supported the Senate’s ethics investigation into his actions which offended many.
Ironically, Letterman has faced a sexual misconduct case of his own, when a man working on the set of his talk show accused him of cheating on his wife in 2009. The perpetrator intended to blackmail him unless he paid money, but David chose to reveal the story himself. Since then everyone has forgotten.