Keillor: MPR fired me for inappropriate behavior

01 Décembre, 2017, 03:07 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • Jeff Baenen  AP

One day after Garrison Keillor was sacked from Minnesota Public Radio for alleged inappropriate behavior, his appearance at the Warner Theatre, scheduled for tonight, has been canceled.

Keillor, the former host of "A Prairie Home Companion" told the Associated Press he was dropped from MPR over "a story that I think is more interesting and more complicated than the version MPR heard". In a follow-up statement, he says he was sacked over "a story that I think is more interesting and more complicated than the version MPR heard".

He didn't give details of the allegation.

Former Minnesota Public Radio host Garrison Keillor defended embattled Senator Al Franken against sexual harassment allegations, just one day before he was sacked over similar allegations.

GettyRadio host and actor Garrison Keillor and his wife attend the premiere of "A Prairie Home Companion" at DGA Theater June 4, 2006 in New York City.

Then he turned more serious: "Anyone who ever was around my show can tell you that I was the least physically affectionate person in the building".

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Some say they will no longer support MPR, one of the nation's largest public radio operations, which depends heavily on financial contributions. The investigation is still ongoing. He hand-picked his successor, mandolinist and frequent musical guest Chris Thile, who is now in his second season as "Prairie Home" host. Keillor wrote that the woman's shirt was open and his hand went up about 6 inches. Eleven years later, a talk show host in L.A., she goes public with her embarrassment, and there is talk of resignation.

Minnesota Public Radio News said that dozens of people planned to cancel their MPR memberships in response to the Keillor firing. "She recoiled. I apologized", Keillor said.

"I sent her an email of apology later and she replied that she had forgiven me and not to think about it", he added.

Update | Bad news out of Lake Wobegon: Garrison Keillor, beloved radio host and creator of A Prairie Home Companion, is the latest media personality to be accused of sexual misconduct. "We were friends. We continued to be friendly right up until her lawyer called". His firing came one day after publications of a Washington Post column in which he argued against the idea that Minnesota Sen. This is pure absurdity, and the atrocity it leads to is a code of public deadliness.

He also suggested that he himself was the victim of sexual harassment from female fans, calling the allegation "poetic irony of a high order".

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