By JEFF BAENEN
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Garrison Keillor, whose tales of small-city characters entertained legions of public radio listeners for forty years on “A Prairie House Companion,” turned one other superstar felled by allegations of office misconduct on Wednesday when Minnesota Public Radio terminated his contracts.
The homegrown humorist informed The Related Press he was fired over “a narrative that I feel is extra fascinating and extra difficult than the model MPR heard.” Keillor did not element the allegation to AP, however he later informed the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he had put his hand on a lady’s naked again when making an attempt to console her.
“I meant to pat her again after she advised me about her unhappiness, and her shirt was open and my hand went up it about six inches. She recoiled. I apologized,” Keillor advised the newspaper in an e mail. “I despatched her an e-mail of apology later, and she or he replied that she had forgiven me and never to consider it.
“We have been pals. We continued to be pleasant proper up till her lawyer referred to as.”
MPR stated solely that it acquired allegations of “inappropriate conduct” towards Keillor final month involving one one that labored with him throughout his time internet hosting “A Prairie Residence Companion.” Keillor retired as host of the radio selection present final yr, however continued to work for MPR on numerous tasks.
MPR stated it had acquired no different complaints however had retained an outdoor regulation agency that was persevering with to research.
Later Wednesday, Keillor gave a press release to MPR Information saying he needed to “respect the privateness of the 2 staff who’ve made the allegations.” A spokeswoman for MPR’s company arm did not instantly reply to questions from AP on whether or not Keillor was accused of dangerous conduct with multiple individual.
Keillor’s hand-picked successor to host the present, mandolinist Chris Thile, tweeted Wednesday he was “in shock” after Keillor’s firing. Thile had been a frequent musical visitor on the present and stated he knew nothing concerning the allegation, including: “I belief that the right steps are being taken.”
Sue Scott, who labored on the present as a voice actor for twenty-four years with Keillor, advised the AP she was surprised. She stated she noticed no proof of inappropriate conduct from Keillor.
Followers additionally have been shocked. Cindy Dina, of the Minneapolis suburb of Forest Lake, stated…