Garrison Keillor has been fired by Minnesota Public Radio over allegations of improper behavior.
The news came in a statement from Keillor. He says it’s complicated.
MPR has issued a statement, which says the behavior relates to acts when Keillor was producing Prairie Home Companion, a
MPR will end its business relationships with Mr. Keillor’s media companies effective immediately. By terminating the contracts, MPR and American Public Media (APM) will:
* end distribution and broadcast of The Writer’s Almanac and rebroadcasts of The Best of A Prairie Home Companion hosted by Garrison Keillor;
* change the name of APM’s weekly music and variety program hosted by Chris Thile; and,
* separate from the Pretty Good Goods online catalog and the PrairieHome.org website.
Keillor gave an account here. He says he put his hand on a woman’s bare back, she recoiled, he apologized. This article notes Keillor wrote a column defending Al Franken this week. He wrote:
“He did USO tours overseas when he was in the comedy biz. He did it from deep in his heart, out of patriotism, and the show he did was broad comedy of a sort that goes back to the Middle Ages. … Miss Tweeden knew what the game was and played her role and on the flight home, in a spirit of low comedy, Al ogled her and pretended to grab her and a picture was taken. Eleven years later, a talk show host in L.A., she goes public with her embarrassment, and there is talk of resignation. This is pure absurdity and the atrocity it leads to is a code of public deadliness. No kidding.