Garrison Keillor show at the Warner canceled

Garrison Keillor show at the Warner canceled

Garrison Keillor show at the Warner canceled

Allegations of "inappropriate behavior" with a colleague prompted Minnesota Public Radio to cut ties Wednesday with the famed founder and former host of "A Prairie Home Companion". Although Keillor did not detail the allegations, he told the AP there was "a story that I think is more interesting and more complicated than the version MPR heard".

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'".

MPR also said it would end distribution of "The Writer's Almanac", Keillor's daily reading of a poem and telling of literary events, and end rebroadcasts of "The Best of A Prairie Home Companion" hosted by Keillor. MPR will immediately change the name of American Public Media's weekly music and variety program hosted by Chris Thile, and is separating from the Pretty Good Goods online catalog and PrairieHome.org.

"Knowing he (Keillor) was under investigation for his workplace behavior, he should not have written a column on that subject; or, if he was going to write, he should have told his editors and readers that he was under investigation", Hiatt said.

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Keillor told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he touched a woman's bare back as he tried to console her, and he apologized when she recoiled.

Garrison Keillor on October 4, 2012 in New York City. Keillor wrote that the woman's shirt was open and his hand went up about 6 inches. He writes that he thought they were friends until he got a call from her lawyer. He says she replied she'd forgiven him and "not to think about it".

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.

"MPR takes these allegations seriously and we are committed to maintaining a safe, respectful and supportive work environment for all employees and everyone associated with MPR", the statement said. Keillor argued that the photo of Franken pretending to grab radio host Leeann Tweeden's breasts during a USO trip was done "in a spirit of low comedy", and talk of the Democratic senator resigning is "pure absurdity" that leads to "a code of public deadliness".

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