Garrison Keillor Fired for ‘Inappropriate Behavior’ 1 Day After Defending Al Franken

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Garrison Keillor, the former host of National Public Radio
weekend staple, A Prarie Home Companion, has been
fired by Minnesota Public Radio for “inappropriate
behavior.”


In a statement
to the Associated Press, Keillor confirmed
that he had been fired over what he cryptically described as “a
story that I think is more interesting and more complicated
than the version MPR heard.” MPR confirmed Keillor’s
termination to the AP, writing in a statement that it is,
“terminating its contracts with Garrison Keillor and his
private media companies after recently learning of allegations
of his inappropriate behavior with an individual who worked
with him.” MPR added that it will no longer re-air episodes of
Prairie Home Companion where Keillor is the host. “The
program’s current iteration hosted by Chris Thile will get a
new name,”
the AP reports
.

On Tuesday, the Washington Post published a
rambling
op-ed by Keillor that defended embattled Minnesota
Senator Al Franken, calling one of the allegations against him
“pure absurdity.” Franken has been accused by
numerous women
of groping them without consent. One woman,

Leeann Tweeden
accused Franken of unwanted kissing and
published a photograph of the Senator grabbing her while
asleep. “Al ogled Miss Tweeden and pretended to grab her and a
picture was taken,” Keillor wrote. He continued: “Eleven years
later, a talk show host in LA, she goes public, and there is
talk of resignation. This is pure absurdity, and the atrocity
it leads to is a code of public deadliness. No kidding.”

No kidding, indeed.

Update: In
an email to the Star Tribune
, Keillor said that he
“put my hand on a woman’s bare back.” He continued: “I meant to
pat her back after she told me about her unhappiness and her
shirt was open and my hand went up it about six inches. She
recoiled. I apologized. I sent her an email of apology later
and she replied that she had forgiven me and not to think about
it. We were friends. We continued to be friendly right up until
her lawyer called.” He added that he was not a physically
affectionate person and described the allegations as “poetic
irony.” “If I had a dollar for every woman who asked to take a
selfie with me and who slipped an arm around me and let it
drift down below the beltline, I’d have at least a hundred
dollars. So this is poetic irony of a high order,” Keillor
wrote to the paper.

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