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#1224553 - Wed Nov 29 2017 01:35 PM Garrison Keillor Fired Over Allegations Of Improper Behavior
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Another one. Amazing!

Garrison Keillor says he's been fired by Minnesota Public Radio over allegations of inappropriate behavior

Published November 29, 2017

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

Keillor told The Associated Press of his firing in an email. In a follow-up statement, he said he was fired over "a story that I think is more interesting and more complicated than the version MPR heard."

He didn't give details of the allegation.

#1224565 - Thu Nov 30 2017 08:41 AM Re: Garrison Keillor Fired Over Allegations Of Improper Behavior [Re: the G-man]
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I never heard of him before now.

On November 29, 2017, the Star Tribune reported that Keillor was terminated from his position at Minnesota Public Radio for "allegations of his inappropriate behavior with an individual who worked with him". MPR has not released details of any specific allegations beyond that, though Keillor alleges the inciting incident for his firing stems from an incident when he touched a woman's bare back while trying to console her. Keillor claims that he apologized for the incident through email, and received a reply of forgivness from the woman. He says the two "continued to be friendly right up until her lawyer called."[47]

In their statement of termination, MPR notes that they will cease distribution of two programs that Keillor hosted, The Writer's Almanac and rebroadcasts of old epsiodes of A Prairie Home Companion. Additionally, they would be re-titling the successor series, A Prairie Home Companion with Chris Thile, and would eliminate business connections to the website.[48]

It's hard to come down on one side or the other based on the limited disclosed facts.

But given that Keillor is famous and established for decades, it's likely MPR investigated and found some basis for the allegations that they were willing to sever ties with someone who gave them a large enduring audience.

Similar to FOX News hiring a law firm to investigate O'Reilly, and despite his being Fox's flagship program, found too many women willing to testify, and cut him loose. O'Reilly still denies he is guilty of misconduct, and while still on air said in such cases (not necessarily his) it was easier to settle than to endure prolonged legal battles to fully clear one's name.

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