Radio host Garrison Keillor fired amid misconduct claims

Violet Powell
December 4, 2017

Keillor retired past year from his longtime radio show, but still produced "The Writer's Almanac" for syndication.

On Thursday, MPR repeated that it had received just one formal complaint against Keillor, a day after a statement by him raised questions about the extent of the allegations.

Minnesota Public Radio did not immediately confirm whether this allegation was the reason for his firing and declined to give additional details on the accusation in question, including whether it was sexual in nature. Keillor retired from the show he created in July 2016, when Chris Thile stepped in as host.

In an email to the Star Tribune Wednesday, Keillor said, "I put my hand on a woman's bare back". Keillor did not elaborate, AP reported. Al Franken to resign over allegations of sexual misconduct. Several women have accused the senator of inappropriate behavior such as groping and unwanted kissing.

"On the flight home, in a spirit of low comedy, Al ogled Miss Tweeden and pretended to grab her and a picture was taken", Keillor wrote. Eleven years later, a talk show host in L.A., she goes public with her embarrassment, and there is talk of resignation.

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Calls for Franken's head are "pure absurdity", Keillor wrote, "and the atrocity it leads to is a code of public deadliness". The network said it will also end its relationship with two websites associated with Keillor: the Pretty Good Goods online catalog, and the PrairieHome.org website.

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.
Many of those men, like Keillor, have worked in media, among other industries. The news broke hours after another enduring broadcaster, "Today" show host Matt Lauer, was sacked by NBC for "inappropriate sexual behavior". The allegations have also extended to "CBS This Morning" co-host Charlie Rose and New York Times journalist Glenn Thrush.

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".

"Based on what we now know, there are no similar allegations involving other staff", MPR added.

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.

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