Garrison Keillor, the former host of "A Prairie Home Companion", says he has been fired by Minnesota Public Radio for accusations of inappropriate behavior.
ST. PAUL , Minn. (AP) – The president of Minnesota Public Radio told employees that the decision of to dismiss Garrison Keillor was the result of "multiple allegations "they covered a prolonged period, but a lawyer from the former The Prairie Home Companion harassed that characterization and said the comedian wants MPR to" clear things up ".
MPR President Jon McTaggart held an unofficial meeting with employees Wednesday, a week after the organization cut ties with Keillor. Reporters from Minnesota Public Radio News did not attend because the meeting was declared out of register, but they compiled an account of the employees who attended.
MPR News reports that McTaggart said he only made the decision to break up with Keillor, who retired as Prairie Home host last year. Keillor told the Star Tribune that he touched a woman's bare back while trying to comfort her, and that he apologized. MPR has not given details of the accusations.
In response to the MPR News report, Keillor lawyer Eric Nilsson issued a statement early Thursday.
"We are aware of the accusations against Mr. Keillor by one person," Nilsson said. "We are confident that Mr. McTaggart will clarify things in this regard to avoid any misperception on that point."
Nilsson says that Keillor wants a quick resolution of the matter and "with him awaits a complete restoration of his reputation."
Prairie Home Companion continues with Keillor's selected successor, mandolinist Chris Thile.
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