Former Minnesota Public Radio host, Garrison Keillor fired over allegations of improper behavior. Sacking comes after host’s defense of Sen, Al Franken sexual harassment allegations.
Radio host Garrison Keillor has been fired by Minnesota Public Radio after accusations of improper behavior.
In a statement to AP, the former host of a ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ said he was axed 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.
Added Keillor, ‘It’s some sort of poetic irony to be knocked off the air by a story, having told so many of them myself, but I’m 75 and don’t have any interest in arguing about this. And I cannot in conscience bring danger to a great organization I’ve worked hard for since 1969.’
In a statement released Wednesday, Minnesota Public Radio says it learned of the allegations against its former star host in October and had retained an outside law firm to investigate said allegations. That investigation was ongoing.
that’s a hell of an update pic.twitter.com/GrlxDdUNg5
— Adam H. Johnson (@adamjohnsonNYC) November 29, 2017
Garrison Keillor fired after penning op-ed piece defending accused Sen. Al Franken of sexual allegations. Coincidence?
Of intrigue, the sacking comes after the longtime radio host penning an op-ed published Tuesday, saying a photo of Sen. Al Franken groping Leeann Tweeden was simply done ‘in a spirit of low comedy.’
‘On the flight home, in a spirit of low comedy, Al ogled Miss Tweeden and pretended to grab her and a picture was taken,’ he wrote in the Washington Post.
The avowed Democrat went on to ridicule the idea that Democratic Sen. Al Franken should resign over allegations of sexual harassment.
‘Eleven years later, a talk show host in LA, she goes public, and there is talk of resignation,’ Keillor continued. ‘This is pure absurdity, and the atrocity it leads to is a code of public deadliness.’
Sen. Al Franken has found himself in the hot seat after being accused of forcibly kissing a radio host and groping another woman during a photo, with demands for his resignation.
Keillor, 75, retired as host of his long-running public radio variety show in 2016. His hand-picked successor, mandolinist Chris Thile, is in his second season as “Prairie Home” host.
Allegations of misconduct — specifically, of sexual harassment — have caused a number of prominent men to lose their jobs in recent weeks in the ranks of media and entertainment, starting with the Titanic revelation that former ace producer and money always rains, Harvey Weinstein, had abused his position to garner sexual favors from aspiring actresses.
Perhaps not coincidentally, Garrison Keillors firing follows off the heels of long time CBS veteran, Charlie Rose being sacked last week amid sexual misconduct allegations and that of NBC News Today show host, Matt Lauer, Wednesday morning who was shown the front door in what appears to be the media world’s increasing reticence to champion, let alone preamble the front lawn of alleged sexual predators. Indeed….
-The president retweets fascist videos
-(and basically accuses Joe Scarborough of murder)
-Matt Lauer fired
-Garrison Keillor fired
-that war criminal killed himself
-oh yeah, North Korea could land a nuclear missile on my apartment
— Matt Pearce ? (@mattdpearce) November 29, 2017
In less than 24 hours, NBC has fired Matt Lauer and MN Public Radio has fired Garrison Keillor. Meanwhiil in DC, everyone in Congress still has their seat.
— Rick Rowand (@rrowand) November 29, 2017