Female cast members and behind-the-scenes staffers from NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” including the two original cast members Laraine Newman and Jane Curtin, signed a letter in support of Sen. Al Franken, who has come under fire over alleged sexual misbehavior.
Franken was involved with the sketch comedy show for 20 years — from its inception in 1975 until about 1995 — as a writer and performer. In all, 36 women who have been a part of the show from 1975 to the present signed the letter, which you can see below.
The women say in the letter: “What Al did was stupid and foolish, and we think it was appropriate for him to apologize to Ms. [Leeann] Tweeden, and to the public. In our experience, we know Al as a devoted and dedicated family man, a wonderful comedic performer, and an honorable public servant.”
The letter adds that “after years of working with him, we would like to acknowledge that not one of us ever experienced any inappropriate behavior; and mention our sincere appreciation that he treated each one of us with the utmost respect and regard.”
Below is the letter, posted to Twitter by NBC News …