Garrison Keillor fired by Minnesota Public Radio over 'inappropriate behavior' allegations

Garrison Keillor is now touring with Robin & Linda Williams had live appearances scheduled on the East Coast this week (including Tarrytown Music Hall on 12/1) - no word on whether the tour will still go on.

A spokesman for Minnesota Public Radio said: "We are terminating contracts with Garrison Keillor and his private media companies after recently learning of allegations of his inappropriate behaviour with an individual who worked with him".

In 1998, when "Prairie Home" was on 433 stations and in the ears of 2.5 million listeners, a Washington Post reporter spent a week with the show to write a profile of Keillor.

"She recoiled. I apologised". "We should be careful...not to make the world so fine and good that you and I can't enjoy living in it", he said.

Keillor, who retired from "A Prairie Home Companion" in 2016 but continued producing "The Writer's Almanac" for syndication, confirmed his firing to The Associated Press, saying his removal was linked to "a story that I think is more interesting and more complicated than the version MPR heard". Woe be gone, indeed.

MPR officials said they would not speak beyond a statement issued Wednesday morning.

MPR plans to stop rebroadcasts of past episodes of "A Prairie Home Companion", the show Keillor created 43 years ago, and change the name of the show's current incarnation hosted by Chris Thile. He writes that he thought they were friends until he got a call from her lawyer.

"Garrison Keillor has been an important part of the growth and success of MPR, and all of us in the MPR community are saddened by these circumstances", MPR president Jon McTaggart said in the statement released today. Miss Tweeden knew what the game was and played her role and on the flight home, in a spirit of low comedy, Al ogled her and pretended to grab her and a picture was taken.

NPR noted Keillor's Franken op-ed wasn't the first time the author had pushed back against criticism of sexual harassment. "I sent her an email of apology later, and she replied that she had forgiven me and not to think about it". "Eleven years later, a talk show host in L.A., she goes public, and there is talk of resignation".

In 1998 Keillor wrote "Wobegon Boy", a novel about a radio host who is wrongly accused of sexual harassment and fired by his station. "And I can not in conscience bring danger to a great organization I've worked hard for since 1969", Keillor told the news organization. This is pure absurdity, and the atrocity it leads to is a code of public deadliness.

  • Rogelio Becker