The Record Staff Report
In recent national news, many notable figures including politicians, actors and journalists have been accused of sexual assault and harassment. This past Wednesday, Garrison Keillor had his contracts terminated by Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) after allegations of misconduct.
Keillor was the longtime host of “A Prairie Home Companion” and started his career at St. John’s University in 1969 when MPR was Minnesota Educational
Radio (MER). His most recent visit being last April for his inaugural Gratitude Tour and MPR’s 50th anniversary celebration.
“I put my hand on a woman’s bare back,” he told the Star Tribune via email. “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.”
In a statement given to MPR news by Keillor, he mentioned that he would “respect the privacy of the two employees who have made the allegations.”
However, a spokeswoman for MPR’s corporate arm didn’t immediately respond to questions from the Associated Press (AP) on whether Keillor was accused of bad behavior with multiple people.
Following the allegations, MPR has said that it will rename the show which is now hosted by Chris Thile and distribution of Keillor’s daily “The Writer’s
Almanac” will cease.
In his statement to the AP, Keillor remarked that “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.”