Garrison Keillor Fired Over Allegations Of Improper Behavior

Garrison Keillor Fired Over Allegations Of Improper Behavior

Garrison Keillor Fired Over Allegations Of Improper Behavior

Local fallout to the allegations of inappropriate behavior by former "A Prairie Home Companion" host Garrison Keillor: His Pittsfield show was canceled Wednesday night, just hours before he was supposed to perform.

In the statement, MPR said it was notified last month of the allegations, "which relate to Mr. Keillor's conduct while he was responsible for the production of 'A Prairie Home Companion'".

Keillor didn't detail the allegation to AP, but in an email to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Keillor said he had put his hand on a woman's bare back in an attempt to console her.

"We have admired numerous columns Keillor has written on a weekly basis for the Washington Post syndicate and news service over the past 18 months", he added, "but we do not intend to publish his columns in the future".

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"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. Keillor wrote that the woman's shirt was open and his hand went up about 6 inches. The attorney leading the independent investigation has been conducting interviews and reviewing documents, and the investigation is still ongoing ...

Keillor said he considered her a friend and that they remained friendly "right up until her lawyer called". Al Franken after Los Angeles radio news anchor Leann Tweeden reported that he kissed and groped her without her consent during a 2006 USO tour, before Franken became senator.

In light of the allegations against him, Keillor's trademark gee-whiz glibness regarding the Franken accusations is tone deaf at best. The article was headlined "The absurdity of judging past actions by present standards". By terminating its contracts with him, MPR is ending its distribution of Companion reruns and episodes of The Writer's Almanac and separating itself from websites that promote Companion and sell its merchandise. If even someone like that can be toppled by allegations of misconduct, you have to wonder who's next. Popular segments included "Guy Noir, Private Eye", the "Sounding Off" sound-effects story, and commercials for parody sponsors Powdermilk Biscuits and Beebopareebop Rhubarb Pie.

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