Garrison Keillor says he was fired over allegations of inappropriate behavior

Calvin Saunders
December 1, 2017

Garrison Keillor, the former host of National Public Radio weekend staple, A Prarie Home Companion, has been fired by Minnesota Public Radio for "inappropriate behavior".

After emailing the AP to say he was sacked, Keillor told the wire service that he was sacked over "a story that I think is more interesting and more complicated than the version MPR heard".

Keillor detailed an encounter in a note to the Star Tribune, writing that he was sacked because he put his hand on a woman's bare back as he tried to console her.

Minnesota Public Radio confirmed Keillor had been fired, saying it received a single allegation against Keillor about "inappropriate behavior" and didn't know of any other allegations.

GettyRadio host and actor Garrison Keillor and his wife attend the premiere of "A Prairie Home Companion" at DGA Theater June 4, 2006 in New York City. She recoiled. I apologized.

More news: Garcia Zarate found not guilty in Steinle murder case
More news: Iranian Teenager Undergoes 50 Surgeries to Look Like Angelina Jolie
More news: The Yankees interviewed Carlos Beltran as a potential manager

"We were notified at about 12:30 today that Garrison Keillor has canceled his appearance tonight at the Warner", she said. "I sent her an e-mail of apology later and she replied that she had forgiven me and not to think about it".

"Based on what we now know, there are no similar allegations involving other staff", MPR added. The attorney leading the independent investigation has been conducting interviews and reviewing documents, and the investigation is still ongoing. Franken has said he will continue to serve in the Senate. He hand-picked his successor, mandolinist and frequent musical guest Chris Thile, who is now in his second season as "Prairie Home" host.

The MPR action Wednesday came shortly after Keillor, an avowed Democrat, wrote a syndicated column that ridiculed the idea that Minnesota Sen. Keillor argued that the photo of Franken pretending to grab radio host Leeann Tweeden's breasts during a USO trip was done "in a spirit of low comedy", and talk of the Democratic senator resigning is "pure absurdity" that leads to "a code of public deadliness".

Keillor's firing came on the same day NBC announced Today Show co-host Matt Lauer was sacked after 20 years on the show, and amid a flurry of other sexual misconduct allegations in multiple industries, starting with fallen Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER