Veteran Host Garrison Keillor Fired For Inappropriate Behavior

He is the creator and former host of "A Prairie Home Companion."
Posted at 7:06 PM, Nov 29, 2017

Garrison Keillor, the creator and former host of "A Prairie Home Companion," has been fired from Minnesota Public Radio after accusations of inappropriate behavior.  

Keillor retired from the show in 2016 after almost 42 years. 

MPR, a National Public Radio member station, announced it was letting Keillor and his production company go in a memo released Wednesday. It says it was notified about the allegations against him last month.

The news comes one day after The Washington Post published an op-ed from Keillor, in which he defended Sen. Al Franken against sexual harassment allegations and referred to calls for Franken's resignation as "pure absurdity."

In 1994, Keillor joked: "A world in which there is no sexual harassment at all is a world in which there will not be any flirtation. A world without thieves at all will not have entrepreneurs."

NPR also announced Wednesday its chief news editor David Sweeney was fired following sexual misconduct claims. NPR lost its news chief Michael Oreskes early this month.