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Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) didn't exactly return "Saturday Night Live" for a special appearance Sunday night as part of a 3-hour special commemorating the show's 40th anniversary...but he was in the audience.
The Hill reported Sunday Franken may appear in the show, and while that wasn't the case, a Stuart Smalley clip made the cut. Franken spent was recruited as one of the two original writers of the show and wrote and performed from 1975 to 1980, then from 1985 to 1995.
In 2009, Franken first became a senator after beating Republican Sen. Norm Coleman by a narrow margin of 312 votes which prompted a lengthy recount. He was re-elected to a much less controversial term in 2014, beating Republican Mike McFadden with 53.9 percent of the vote.
Franken's Twitter account typically features timely upgrades, but mentioned nothing of Sunday's reported appearance.