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Garrison Keillor firing prompts backlash from his fans

04 December, 2017, 00:37 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Garrison Keillor creator and host of A Prairie Home Companion retired in July 2016

"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", the network's president, Jon McTaggart, said.

Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) said a colleague on Keillor's former show, A Prairie Home Companion, had accused him of inappropriate behaviour.

Coincidentally, Keillor wrote a column for the Washington Post this week defending Sen. 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, 75, who retired from the show previous year and did not respond to a request for comment, denied any wrongdoing but described what he believed to be the allegation against him in an email to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Woe be gone, indeed.

"MPR takes these allegations seriously and we are committed to maintaining a safe, respectful and supportive work environment for all employees and everyone associated with MPR", the statement reads.




MPR plans to stop rebroadcasts of past episodes of "A Prairie Home Companion", the show Keillor created 43 years ago, and change the name of the show's current incarnation hosted by Chris Thile. "We were friends. We continued to be friendly right up until her lawyer called", he added. "I had a good long run and am grateful for it and for everything else".

"On the flight home, in a spirit of low comedy, Al ogled Miss Tweeden and pretended to grab her and a picture was taken", Keillor wrote.

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

Lauer had hosted the show for 20 years and is thought to have reached a salary of $25 million a year. Keillor wrote that calls for Franken's resignation were "pure absurdity".

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. "And I can not in conscience bring danger to a great organization I've worked hard for since 1969", Keillor told the news organization.

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