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

Dec 04, 2017, 00:39
Garrison Keillor Fired for 'Inappropriate Behavior' 1 Day After Defending Al Franken

The network did not give details, but Keillor told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he had put his hand on a woman's bare back while trying to console her.

MPR officials said they would not speak beyond a statement issued Wednesday morning.

Keillor told MPR's news department in an email that two employees had made allegations.

According to MPR, the station learned of "allegations of his inappropriate behavior with an individual who worked with him" last month, and subsequentlyhired an outside law firm to look into the case.

He did not say when the alleged incident occurred. "Only one claims the behavior was directed at her".

Meanwhile, MPR News reported that many people were angered at Keillor's dismissal and dozens planned to cancel their memberships. She said she wants a fuller explanation from MPR officials.

I'm in shock. I know nothing beyond what's contained in the statement below, but I trust that the proper steps are being taken. Meanwhile, discussions on the MPR News Facebook page had generated more than 25,000 words, enough to fill a 100-page book.

"Based on what we now know, there are no similar allegations involving other staff", MPR added.

Keillor was shy, wry and unreadable in many ways, but his grave persona created an American enterprise as familiar and cozy as a hearth.

"Knowing he (Keillor) was under investigation for his workplace behavior, he should not have written a column on that subject; or, if he was going to write, he should have told his editors and readers that he was under investigation", Hiatt said. He also dismisses criticism of Minnesota Sen. Al Franken to resign over allegations of sexual misconduct. "No kidding", he wrote for the Washington Post. But the remaining shows in CT and NY state were canceled, according to websites for those theaters.

MPR said it had learned of the allegations in October and that an investigation was ongoing.

"I meant to pat her back ... and her shirt was open and my hand went up it about 6 inches", he said. 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. "I sent her an email of apology later and she replied that she had forgiven me and not to think about it", he added. He writes that he thought they were friends until he got a call from her lawyer. 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.

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