Garrison Keillor Fired From Minnesota Public Radio Amid Allegations of Improper Behavior

04 December, 2017, 00:40 | Author: Dustin Murphy
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Garrison Keillor, the satirical writer who created the weekly show A Prairie Home Companion, was sacked yesterday by Minnesota Public Radio which said it had been investigating allegations of "inappropriate behaviour with an individual who worked for him". He stepped down from hosting duties previous year, but remained attached to MPR as a producer on The Writer's Almanac for syndication.

"She recoiled", Keillor told The Minneapolis Star Tribune in an email.

The revelation came less than a day after the Washington Post published a column by Keillor defending Al Franken, one of his home state's senators, who has been under fire after multiple women have come forward with allegations of inappropriate sexual contact.

In an expanded statement, MPR clarified that the allegations claim misconduct during Keillor's tenure as host of Prairie Home Companion and that "a special Board committee was appointed to provide oversight and ongoing counsel". In August, he embarked on his 28-city Love and Comedy Tour largely based on his radio broadcast.

Within 24 hours of the news breaking Wednesday, more than 400 people had made their feelings known through MPR's Public Insight Network. And it's on the house. Al Franken ought to resign over similar allegations of sexual misconduct.

"Based on what we now know, there are no similar allegations involving other staff", MPR added. This is pure absurdity, and the atrocity it leads to is a code of public deadliness.

He also wrote opinion columns in the Washington Post.

"I meant to pat her back ... and her shirt was open and my hand went up it about 6 inches", he said.

Hundreds of Minnesotans are expressing anger, disappointment and disbelief over Minnesota Public Radio's decision to cut ties with Garrison Keillor following what MPR's parent company described as inappropriate behavior. "So this is poetic irony of a high order", he added.

The allegations against Keillor have also dredged up a C-SPAN video of a 1994 National Press Club speech in which Keillor said, "A world in which there is no sexual harassment at all is a world in which there will not be any flirtation". He writes that he thought they were friends until he got a call from her lawyer.

In the light of the recent allegations against Mr Keillor, we will be offering any ticket holders who would prefer not to attend the show a full refund, or to exchange tickets for another event.

Keillor himself addressed his firing and the allegations against him in a statement Wednesday.



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