"Saturday Night Live" creator Lorne Michaels didn't go after Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein when a slew of women alleged he had sexually assaulted them. Michaels called it "a New York thing," giving deference to Weinstein, who was born in Queens.
But the same code of honor apparently doesn't apply to Minnesota senators — even if they're born in New York City and were once one of the biggest stars on SNL.
On Saturday, the late-night live comedy show bashed Sen. Al Franken, a Democrat, who has been accused of sexually molesting a woman when the two were touring overseas to bolster U.S. troops.
During the show's "Weekend Update," host Colin Jost showed the now-infamous photo of Franken with his hands on radio host Leann Tweeden's breasts, asleep at the time.
"I know this photo looks bad, but remember it also is bad," Jost said.
"And sure, this was taken before Franken ran for public office, but it was also taken after he was a sophomore in high school. It's pretty hard to be like 'Oh, c'mon, he didn't know better, he was only 55,'" Jost said.
"Tweeden is also claiming that Franken forced her to kiss him as part of a rehearsal for a comedy sketch they were performing for the troops. C'mon, man, didn't the troops in Afghanistan have it hard enough without having to sit through sketch comedy?"
But SNL immediately pivoted to bashing President Trump, with co-host Michael Che saying he "called out Al Franken but not Roy Moore," the Republican senate candidate from Alabama who has denied claims that he fondled a 14-year-old girl in the 1970s.
Che called those allegations "way worse" than Franken's case.
Franken was one of the original SNL writers from 1975 to 1980, and he wrote and starred in sketches from 1985 to 1995.