The purge of powerful men in media continues, this time in Minnesota as the former host of A Prairie Home Companion, Garrison Keillor, was fired today by Minnesota Public Radio over allegations of “inappropriate behavior.”
Minnesota Public Radio 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. https://t.co/Mm4A9jtLXO
— MPR (@MPR) November 29, 2017
According to the release, they received allegations last month and hired an outside law firm to conduct an independent investigation before making their decision. Rather than denying the allegations, Keillor told the Associated Press the circumstances surrounding them told “a story that I think is more interesting and more complicated than the version MPR heard.”
Ironically, Keillor posted an op-ed in the Washington Post declaring Senator Al Franken shouldn’t step down after admitting to groping at least one woman while being accused of groping several.
And then there is Sen. Al Franken. He did USO tours overseas when he was in the comedy biz. He did it from deep in his heart, out of patriotism, and the show he did was broad comedy of a sort that goes back to the Middle Ages. Shakespeare used those jokes now and then, and so did Bob Hope and Joey Heatherton when they entertained the troops. If you thought that Al stood outdoors at bases in Iraq and Afghanistan and told stories about small-town life in the Midwest, you were wrong. On the flight home, in a spirit of low comedy, Al ogled Miss Tweeden and pretended to grab her and a picture was taken. 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.
Keillor is retired but his show has had his handpicked host, Chris Thile, took over last year. MPR will change the name of Thile’s show and break from any other associations with Keillor, including rebroadcasts of The Best of A Prairie Home Companion and other assets that have his name attached.