Garrison Keillor, the creator and longtime host of Minnesota Public Radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” was fired by the broadcaster after the legendary radio personality was accused of inappropriate behavior with someone who worked with him, NPR reports.
Minnesota Public Radio announced today that it is severing ties with Keillor and his media companies. The NPR member station said MPR and American Public Media (APM) will “end distribution and broadcast of ‘The Writer’s Almanac’ and rebroadcasts of ‘The Best of A Prairie Home Companion’ hosted by Garrison Keillor; change the name of APM’s weekly music and variety program hosted by Chris Thile; and separate from the Pretty Good Goods online catalog and the PrairieHome.org website.”
You can click here to read the full statement by Minnesota Public Radio.
MPR said it learned of allegations against Keillor in October and has hired an outside law firm, which is conducting an ongoing investigation into the allegations.
“In statements to the Minnesota Star Tribune, Keillor said that he ‘put [his] hand on a woman’s bare back’ and alleged that he had been groped by dozens of female fans,” NPR reports. “Keillor, 75, no longer hosts ‘A Prairie Home Companion,’ the show indelibly tied to his name. But he continues to produce ‘The Writer’s Almanac.’ Both shows are widely carried by public radio stations across the country.”
MPR said the allegations “relate to Mr. Keillor’s conduct while he was responsible for the production of ‘A Prairie Home Companion.’ Based on what we currently know, there are no similar allegations involving other staff.”
Keillor retired as host of “A Prairie Home Companion” in July 2016, with mandolin wizard Thile taking over as permanent host in October 2016. Since then the show has tilted increasingly toward music, a shift from Keillor’s trademark rambling comedic essays.
Please click here to read today’s statement from Minnesota Public Radio.