Published: Fri, December 01, 2017
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

'Bewildering': Garrison Keillor Spotted in Mass. Restaurant Following Firing

'Bewildering': Garrison Keillor Spotted in Mass. Restaurant Following Firing

Garrison Keillor, the former host of "A Prairie Home Companion", says he's been fired by Minnesota Public Radio over allegations of improper behavior.

The Grammy Award-winner emailed the Associated Press with both the news of his firing and a bit of a defense: The story of his alleged misdeeds is "more interesting and more complicated than the version MPR heard", Keillor wrote. 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".

Keillor didn't detail the allegation to AP, but in an email to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Keillor said he had put his hand on a woman's bare back in an attempt to console her.

Keillor was sacked by Minnesota Public Radio over allegations of improper behavior with someone he worked with.

In addition, David Murphy, the Chair of the MPR Board of Trustees, said, "The Board Committee concluded that terminating the Keillor relationships was the appropriate decision and the Board and Jon are aligned in this action". MPR said the allegation stemmed from Keillor's conduct when he was producing and hosting "A Prairie Home Companion".

"Based on what we now know, there are no similar allegations involving other staff", MPR added. The attorney leading the independent investigation has been conducting interviews and reviewing documents, and the investigation is still ongoing ...

"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", said MPR president Jon McTaggart.

In a separate announcement, M.P.R. has said it will stop re-airing episodes of Keillor's popular show popular radio show, A Prairie Home Companion and will re-name the program. His hand-picked successor, mandolinist Chris Thile, is in his second season as "Prairie Home" host.

Coincidentally, Keillor wrote a column for the Washington Post this week defending Sen. Al Franken to resign over allegations of sexual misconduct. Franken has said he will continue to serve in the Senate. He also implicitly questioned why Leann Tweeden, the first women to come forward with an allegation against Franken, would publicize her story 11 years after it happened, and only after she became a radio host.

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