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ABC’s late-night host Jimmy Kimmel handed over his program to Al Franken on Tuesday, the place the previous Democratic Senator from Minnesota was in a position to assist rehabilitate his picture by mocking former President Trump and echoing liberal speaking factors on the Disney-owned community.
Franken was famously pressured to step down from the Senate by his personal get together amid sexual misconduct allegations in 2018 on the peak of the #MeToo motion. Seemingly forgiven by the left, Franken was the visitor host for ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Reside!” the place he kicked issues off by joking that he wouldn’t get political on Kimmel’s program.
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“Tonight is just not about politics, it’s about comedy and having enjoyable,” he stated earlier than asking the California crowd, “So, who’s right here from out of state to get an abortion?”
Franken wasn’t completed with political makes an attempt at humor, repeatedly calling Texas Sen. Ted Cruz a “d—okay” and conducting a man-on-the-street type section to see if common of us can identify a single U.S. Senator. A lot to Franken’s chagrin, everybody he spoke with was keen to call senators.
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When it got here again to the studio, Franken set his sights on former President Trump with a sequence of jokes tied to final week’s FBI raid of Mar-a-Lago. Franken spent the subsequent a number of minutes taking pictures at Trump, which is a standard prevalence on “Jimmy Kimmel Reside!”
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Lately, Kimmel has morphed from a largely apolitical comic to an overwhelmingly left-leaning, Democrat-boosting host who has spent years criticizing Trump and different conservatives at each flip. The “Jimmy Kimmel Reside!” namesake apparently has no points with the liberal Franken, who resigned amid stress from Democrats when a number of girls accused him of sexual misconduct and a photograph surfaced of him showing to fake to the touch radio host Leeann Tweeden’s breasts.
Nevertheless, Franken has since expressed remorse for having resigned and plenty of of his former colleagues have issued public apologies for not supporting him.
Franken has denied lots of the allegations made towards him and took a shot at Trump when he introduced his resignation.
“There’s some irony in the truth that I’m leaving workplace whereas a person who has bragged on tape about his historical past of sexual assault sits within the Oval Workplace,” he stated.
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Earlier than he entered politics, Franken was a performer on “Saturday Evening Reside” for a decade. He later turned a political creator and radio host on Air America Radio.
Fox Information’ Jon Brown contributed to this report.