Organizers of an appearance by Garrison Keillor, the longtime host of “A Prairie Home Companion,” pulled the plug on the appearance at a Vermont book festival after public outcry, the AP reports.
“Burlington Book Festival founding director Rick Kisonak confirmed to Vermont Public Radio that the Oct. 14 fundraising event would not take place,” the story reports. “Festival organizers have faced criticism over the scheduled appearance of the 76-year-old public radio personality accused of sexual harassment.”
The report notes that Minnesota Public Radio severed ties with Keillor in November because of the accusations. The weekly radio show formerly known as “A Prairie Home Companion” was renamed “Live From Here” and is now hosted by mandolin wizard Chris Thile.
Keillor has denied the allegations.
The AP notes that Kisonik wrote in an email that “the unexpected reaction on social media made it apparent some people viewed his booking as our condoning of sexual harassment.” Kisonik added that “nothing could be further from the truth.”