Garrison Keillor Jokes About Improper Behavior Allegations: 'All My Heroes Got Fired'

  • Garrison Keillor Jokes About Improper Behavior Allegations: 'All My Heroes Got Fired'

Garrison Keillor Jokes About Improper Behavior Allegations: 'All My Heroes Got Fired'

Garrison Keillor thanks the audience after the show on May 21, 2016 at the State Theatre in Minneapolis for "A Prairie Home Companion".

Garrison Keillor has confirmed to the Associated Press that he was sacked by Minnesota Public Radio over allegations of improper behavior. The Post had syndicated Keillor's column after his retirement from "A Prairie Home Companion". "She recoiled. I apologized", the statement reads. There was just one of me, though I wished there were two and she was the other one. Woe be gone, indeed. 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".

Keillor's firing ends the distribution and broadcasting of the literary and poetry radio show "The Writer's Almanac", and all rebroadcasts of "The Best of A Prairie Home Companion", hosted by Keillor. "We were friends. We continued to be friendly right up until her lawyer called". "I had a good long run and am grateful for it and for everything else", he also told the outlet.

"On the flight home, in a spirit of low comedy, Al ogled (model and broadcaster Leeann Tweeden), pretended to grab her and a picture was taken", Keillor wrote. Al Franken (D-Minn.) of forcibly kissing her and groping her without her consent, saying the notion Franken should resign was "absurd". "I sent her an email of apology later, and she replied that she had forgiven me and not to think about it". Eleven years later, a talk show host in LA, she goes public, and there is talk of resignation.

The current iteration of "A Prairie Home Companion", hosted by Keillor's successor, Chris Thile, will be renamed, MPR said.

The station said it did not know of any allegations involving any other staff. MPR confirmed Keillor's termination to the AP, writing in a statement that it is, "terminating its contracts with Garrison Keillor and his private media companies after recently learning of allegations of his inappropriate behavior with an individual who worked with him".

In the light of the recent allegations against Mr Keillor, we will be offering any ticket holders who would prefer not to attend the show a full refund, or to exchange tickets for another event.
And I can not in conscience bring danger to a great organization I've worked hard for since 1969.

Calls for Franken's head are "pure absurdity", Keillor wrote, "and the atrocity it leads to is a code of public deadliness".