Radio News: More details emerge about Garrison Keillor firing
Jan 23, 2018 10:50 pm
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that two months after cutting ties with radio host Garrison Keillor, Minnesota Public Radio revealed some details about why Jan. 23. MPR said the host of “A Prairie Home Companion” subjected a woman to “dozens of sexually inappropriate incidents … over a period of years” including “unwanted sexual touching.” On Nov. 29 MPR said it would no longer distribute and broadcast the 75-year-old Keillor’s “The Writer’s Almanac” and “The Best of A Prairie Home Companion Hosted by Garrison Keillor” after allegations of “inappropriate behavior with an individual who worked with him.” What was first thought to be a single incident is now one woman detailing a number of alleged incidents in a 12-page letter. That letter is still not public, but the Star Tribune says she was a longtime writer for the show, and one of several women who claim to have received inappropriate messages from the host. A friend of the woman said, the messages turned “threatening," and that, "he is not the nice guy that all of his fans think he is.” Keillor criticized MPR for releasing details of the complaint, and then wrote, "She signed her e-mails ‘I love you’ and she asked if her daughter could be hired to work here, and so forth. She attended the last show in L.A. She still features ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ prominently on her Facebook page."