Friday, 15 December, 2017

Garrison Keillor Says He Has Been Fired Over Allegations of Improper Conduct

Garrison Keillor A Prairie Home Companion's Garrison Keillor says he's been fired over alleged improper behaviour
Howard Terry | 04 December, 2017, 00:38

Keillor told the Associated Press on Wednesday that he was sacked because of "a story that I think is more interesting and more complicated than the version MPR heard".

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

Keillor told the Star Tribune that he meant to pat the woman on the back but, "her shirt was open and my hand went up it about six inches".

"She recoiled. I apologised". MPR did not provide details of the allegations. The news broke hours after another enduring broadcaster, "Today" show host Matt Lauer, was sacked by NBC for "inappropriate sexual behavior".

There were also books including Lake Wobegon Days. Both shows are widely carried by public radio stations across the country. But the heart of the show was Keillor's storytelling - a slow, artfully rambling monologue about a stoic heartland community.

Garrison Keillor thanks the audience after the show on May 21, 2016 at the State Theatre in Minneapolis for "A Prairie Home Companion".

While many fans supported Keillor, the professional fallout for the popular radio personality continued on Thursday.

Meanwhile, MPR News reported that many people were angered at Keillor's dismissal and dozens planned to cancel their memberships.

"The guy screams 'fatherly, '" one longtime female staffer said. In addition, MPR retained an outside law firm to conduct an independent investigation of the allegations. "A world in which there is no sexual harassment at all is a world in which there will not be any flirtation". "A world without thieves at all will not have entrepreneurs".

Keillor once brought up the scourge of sexual harassment in an odd address at the National Press Club in 1994.

On Tuesday, the day before his firing, The Washington Post published his opinion piece ridiculing the idea that Sen.

Keillor alluded to allegations made by broadcaster Leann Tweeden, who has claimed that Franken forcibly kissed her during a USO tour in 2006, and didn't acknowledge that three other women have claimed that Franken had allegedly grabbed their butts while taking photos between 2007 and 2010. Keillor wrote that calls for Franken's resignation were "pure absurdity".

"Readers are entitled to a basic level of transparency from the columnists they read in The Washington Post". She said Keillor spoke at a fundraiser at her church previous year and is a "kind, caring, compassionate person". Today, Keillor defended himself against similar allegations.

In his email to the Star-Tribune, Keillor shared other thoughts.

"So this is poetic irony of a high order". "He's a kind, caring, compassionate person, and I just think we should remember the whole person when we think about consequences for behavior". "I had a good long run and am grateful for it and for everything else", he also told the outlet.

Keillor's firing ends the distribution and broadcasting of the literary and poetry radio show "The Writer's Almanac", and all rebroadcasts of "The Best of A Prairie Home Companion", hosted by Keillor. "The program's current iteration hosted by Chris Thile will get a new name", the AP reports.

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