United States media icons Matt Lauer and Garrison Keillor fired in sex scandals

United States media icons Matt Lauer and Garrison Keillor fired in sex scandals

United States media icons Matt Lauer and Garrison Keillor fired in sex scandals

Minnesota Public Radio has ended ties with Garrison Keillor, the longtime host of the popular radio variety show "A Prairie Home Companion", over allegations of "improper behavior with an individual who worked with him". MPR added that it will no longer re-air episodes of Prairie Home Companion where Keillor is the host.

Keillor, 75, who retired from the show a year ago and did not respond to a request for comment, denied any wrongdoing but described what he believed to be the allegation against him in an email to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

On Wednesday he wrote a column saying there was no reason for Senator Al Franken, who is accused of sexual misconduct and was photographed groping a sleeping broadcaster, to resign.

MPR said it received only one complaint about Keillor - apparently the one mentioned in the host's statement - dating back to his time with A Prairie Home Companion, and was not aware of further incidents, AP reports. In August, he embarked on his 28-city Love and Comedy Tour largely based on his radio broadcast. And it's on the house.

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"We understand that some listeners are upset and know that the limited information we've made available at this time may not seem to justify such a consequential decision", said Angie Andresen, a spokeswoman for MPR and APM. This is pure absurdity, and the atrocity it leads to is a code of public deadliness.

The allegations against Keillor have also dredged up a C-SPAN video of a 1994 National Press Club speech in which Keillor said, "A world in which there is no sexual harassment at all is a world in which there will not be any flirtation". In a later email to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, he claimed he had been fired after put his "hand on a woman's bare back" while trying to console her. "She recoiled. I apologized", Keillor said. He writes that he thought they were friends until he got a call from her lawyer.

"If I had a dollar for every woman who asked to take a selfie with me and who slipped an arm around me and let it drift down below the beltline, I'd have at least a hundred dollars".

In the light of the recent allegations against Mr Keillor, we will be offering any ticket holders who would prefer not to attend the show a full refund, or to exchange tickets for another event.
In a statement, a Minnesota Public Radio representative said the station was informed of the allegations in October and hired a law firm to conduct an independent investigation. The station has also said it will change the name of Keillor's former show, and cease airing both his daily poetry reading, "A Writer's Almanac", and "The Best of A Prairie Home Companion".

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