Did you have tickets to Al Franken’s Monday event in Atlanta?

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“Join us for a very special closing night featuring Senator Al Franken, No. 1 bestselling author and beloved ‘Saturday Night Live’ alum, whose new book, ‘Al Franken, Giant of the Senate,’ tells the story of an award-winning comedian who decided to run for office and then discovered why award-winning comedians tend not to do that,” the event listing read.

Actually, never mind.

Franken’s long-ago scheduled appearance at the Book Festival of the MJCCA, planned for Monday, was hastily canceled amid a national furor stemming from broadcaster Leeann Tweeden’s allegations that he assaulted her when they were performing for troops abroad on USO Tour.

“He came at me, put his hand on the back of my head, mashed his lips against mine and aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth,” she wrote. Her post included a photo of Franken making a lewd gesture next to her while she was asleep. 

Tickets to Franken’s Monday event in Atlanta, which ranged from $32 to $75 for VIP access, had been sold out and organizers stressed in the event listing that no tickets would be sold at the door. So what happens now?

Facilitating the discussion was to be the affable and highly respected Atlanta broadcaster Bill Nigut, who in trademark style tried helping organizers come up with a Plan B, but scheduling a fill-in at the last minute could be impossible. (The person Nigut had in mind was booked, it turns out).

Pam (Morton) worked incredibly hard to get Franken booked,” Nigut lamented Friday afternoon, referring to the festival’s tireless director. “She does such a great job running the festival and really didn’t deserve this tsuris.”

The AJC asked festival organizers what happens now. Refunds? A voucher for some future event? A possible new program? So far, they’ve said only that they were contacting ticket holders.

(Are you one of them? We’d like to hear your thoughts. Please email jbrett@ajc.com.)




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Apology accepted. Let’s get on with life.


I had a ticket to see Al Franken. I'm disappointed I won't get to see him speak. It's been 10 years since this incident occurred. People change. Al Frankel isn't the same man he was 10 years ago. He has a completely new career. He's offered his heartfelt aology, it's been accepted. Assuming there's been no inappropriate behavior since taking office, I say it's time to move on. Isn't that what we want, for men to see that their past behavior was wrong and not only change that behavior but advocate on behalf of women and condemn the behavior in others? As a woman, I respect him even more for how he's responded. Our President should learn from Sen. Franken's response instead of spouting shameful hypocracy. He's still a great Senator and deserves to continue his work for the American people.