Garrison Keillor, the creator and a former host of the A Prairie Home Companion series, is accused of inappropriate behavior by someone who he previously worked with. NPR reported the story from Minnesota Public Radio.
MPR announced that they have since cut ties with Keillor and his production company and new episodes of A Prairie Home Companion, currently hosted by Chris Thile, will be given a new name moving forward.
“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,” Jon McTaggart, the president of MPR, said in a statement. “While we appreciate the contributions Garrison has made to MPR and to all of public radio, we believe this decision is the right thing to do and is necessary to continue to earn the trust of our audiences, employees and supporters of our public service.”
Thile responded to the news, tweeting MPR’s statement and writing “I’m in shock. I know nothing beyond what’s contained in the statement below, but I trust that the proper steps are being taken.”
In recent weeks, Keillor has been a staunch defender of the recently accused like Senator Al Franken. As NPR also points out, Keillor gave a speech in 1994 where he again pushed back against the criticism of sexual harassment.