Garrison Keillor Fired for 'Inappropriate Behavior' 1 Day After Defending Al Franken


Keillor told the Associated Press on Wednesday that he was sacked because of "a story that I think is more interesting and more complicated than the version MPR heard". The station will stop distributing and broadcasting "The Writer's Almanac", a show Keillor still produced after retiring from "A Prairie Home Companion".

This story is developing. "Eleven years later, a talk show host in L.A., she goes public, and there is talk of resignation".

Minnesota Public Radio announced that it was cutting ties with Keillor and his production company after learning of allegations of inappropriate behavior involving a woman who once worked with Keillor, NPR reported.

"We understand that some listeners are upset and know that the limited information we've made available at this time may not seem to justify such a consequential decision", said Angie Andresen, a spokeswoman for MPR and APM.

MPR said it will end distribution and broadcast programs hosted by Keillor, change the name of the music and variety program now hosted by Thile and distance itself from the website. In an email to the Star Tribune, he says he meant to pat a woman on her back when she told him she was unhappy. Al Franken - who is now under fire for allegations of sexual misconduct - as "absurd", saying that Franken is getting unfairly pilloried for a "broad comedy of a sort that goes back to the Middle Ages". Upon entering Jestine's Kitchen, Keillor fixates on the first waitress who acknowledges him: I walked into Jestine's Kitchen in Charleston, and a waitress said, 'Is there just one of you, sweetheart?' and her voice was like jasmine and teaberry.

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. In light of that news, it's only appropriate to find that the last time Keillor traveled to Charleston a year ago, he recorded his adventures in flawless character for his recurring Washington Post column.

"So this is poetic irony of a high order".

Keillor once brought up the scourge of sexual harassment in an odd address at the National Press Club in 1994. This is pure absurdity, and the atrocity it leads to is a code of public deadliness.

In a statement to the Associated Press, he said he didn't want to drag MPR into a scandal: "I'm 75 and don't have any interest in arguing about this".