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

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

Garrison Keillor is now touring with Robin & Linda Williams had live appearances scheduled on the East Coast this week (including Tarrytown Music Hall on 12/1) - no word on whether the tour will still go on. MPR said it hired lawyers to investigate the allegations. The network did not give details, but Keillor told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he had put his hand on a woman's bare back while trying to console her. His radio show, "A Prairie Home Companion", launched in 1974, stitched together old-timey jingles for fictional brands of biscuits and acoustic performances by guest musicians.

Keillor, 75, who hosted Prairie Home for more than 40 years, alerted the an e-mail on Wednesday, saying that he was terminated over "a story that I think is more interesting and more complicated than the version M.P.R. heard".

Keillor broke the news himself in an email to the Associated Press, which reported that the decision was made in response to claims of "inappropriate behavior".

The firing comes just one day after the Washington Post published a new op-ed by Keillor, defending Al Franken, called 'Al Franken should resign?

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. Eleven years later, a talk show host in LA, she goes public, and there is talk of resignation.

Calls for Franken's head are "pure absurdity", Keillor wrote, "and the atrocity it leads to is a code of public deadliness".

He also wrote opinion columns in the Washington Post.

Keillor once brought up the scourge of sexual harassment in an odd address at the National Press Club in 1994. Many of those men, like Keillor, have worked in media, among other industries. The allegations have also extended to "CBS This Morning" co-host Charlie Rose and New York Times journalist Glenn Thrush.

The current iteration of "A Prairie Home Companion", hosted by Keillor's successor, Chris Thile, will be renamed, MPR said.

"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 in the statement released today.

Minnesota Public Radio is ending distribution and broadcast of The Writer's Almanac and rebroadcasts of The Best of A Prairie Home Companion hosted by Garrison Keillor, and is going to change the name of the show which is now hosted by Chris Thile.