Published: Fri, December 01, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

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

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

NPR's David Folkenflik reported on Wednesday that Minnesota Public Radio will yank all past Keillor-hosted "A Prairie Home Companion" episodes off the air and rename the four-decade-old program entirely. In a statement, a Minnesota Public Radio representative said the station was informed of the allegations in October and hired a law firm to conduct an independent investigation.

"I put my hand on a woman's bare back".

The AP noted that, though Keillor retired from his post at "A Prairie Home Companion" previous year, he had continued producing "The Writers Almanac" for syndication.

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Keillor said he considered her a friend and that they remained friendly "right up until her lawyer called".

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.

Sue Scott, a longtime voice actor on the radio show until Keillor stepped down, told the AP she was stunned. MPR said the allegation stemmed from Keillor's conduct when he was producing and hosting "A Prairie Home Companion".

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MPR says the company is terminating all business with Keillor's media companies, including distribution and broadcast of The Writer's Almanac and rebroadcasts of The Best of A Prairie Home Companion hosted by Keillor. First and foremost, we support those who have had the courage to speak out about inappropriate behavior. After Keillor retired, he continued to work with MPR on other projects. The investigation is still ongoing.

"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", said MPR president Jon McTaggart. Franken has said he will continue to serve in the Senate. Cindy Dina, of the Minneapolis suburb of Forest Lake, said she frequently listened when Keillor hosted the show and admired Keillor, calling him "iconic".

News of Keillor's firing comes just days after he penned a column suggesting Al Franken should not resign from the Senate.

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