Garrison Keillor, the founding host of A Prairie Home Companion, has been fired by Minnesota Public Radio over allegations of inappropriate behavior, and he couldn't help trying to turn his dismissal into a bit. In an official statement released by Minnesota Public Radio, it states, "Last month, MPR was notified of the allegations which relate to Mr. Keillor's conduct while he was responsible for the production of A Prairie Home Companion (APHC) ..." He hand-picked his successor, mandolinist and frequent musical guest Chris Thile, who is now in his second season as "Prairie Home" host.
"Knowing he (Keillor) was under investigation for his workplace behavior, he should not have written a column on that subject; or, if he was going to write, he should have told his editors and readers that he was under investigation", Hiatt said.
He didn't give details of the allegation. He says her shirt was open and that his hand went up it about six inches.
"MPR takes these allegations seriously and we are committed to maintaining a safe, respectful and supportive work environment for all employees and everyone associated with MPR", the statement said.
"Garrison Keillor has been an important part of the growth and success of MPR, and all of us in the MPR community are saddened by these circumstances", said Jon McTaggart, President of MPR.
"It's all kind of bewildering to me", Keillor reportedly said. "We were friends. We continued to be friendly right up until her lawyer called". "I sent her an email of apology later and she replied that she had forgiven me and not to think about it", Keillor told the newspaper.
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"Eleven years layer, a talk show host in L.A., she goes public with her embarrassment, and there is talk of resignation", he said.
He also suggested that he himself was the victim of sexual harassment from female fans, calling the allegation "poetic irony of a high order". Keillor writes that calls for Senator Franken to resign are, quote, "pure absurdity".
In a separate announcement, M.P.R. has said it will stop re-airing episodes of Keillor's popular show popular radio show, A Prairie Home Companion and will re-name the program.