Jeff Baenen/ AP In this July 26, 2017 file photo, Garrison Keillor, creator and previous host of,” A Grassy Field Home Buddy, “talks at his St. Paul,
, the former host of “A Prairie House Companion, “stated Wednesday he has actually been fired by Minnesota Public Radio over claims of inappropriate habits. Keillor told The Associated Press of his firing
in an e-mail. In a follow-up statement, he stated he was fired over “a story that I believe is more interesting and more complicated than the variation MPR heard. “He didn’t provide details of the claims.” It’s some sort of poetic paradox to be
knocked off the air by a story, having told so many of them myself, however I’m 75 and do not have any interest in arguing about this. And I can not in conscience bring risk to an excellent company I have actually worked hard for given that 1969,”Keillor stated.”A person might not expect more than what I was provided,
“he said. Minnesota Public Radio verified Keillor had been fired, saying it got a single accusation of”improper habits”and does not know of any other similar accusations. Keillor, 75, retired as host of his long-running public radio range program in 2016.
His hand-picked follower, mandolinist Chris Thile, remains in his 2nd season as” Grassy field House” host. The shooting Wednesday came soon after Keillor, an avowed Democrat, composed a syndicated column that ridiculed the idea that Sen. Al Franken should resign over allegations of unwanted sexual advances. Keillor began his Saturday night program featuring tales of his imaginary Minnesota home town of Lake Wobegon–“where all the females are strong,
all the guys are attractive, and all the kids are above average”– in 1974. The show featured musical acts, low-key humor, parody advertisements for fake products such as Powdermilk Biscuits and the centerpiece, Keillor providing a relatively off-the-cuff monologue, “The News From Lake Wobegon, “in his rich baritone voice. Keillor bailed out with a last program at the Hollywood Bowl in July 2016 and turned the show over to Thile, a mandolinist and frequent” Grassy field House “guest artist.
Keillor went on a 28-city bus trip this summer season, promising it would be his last tour, however he advances the road with solo programs. Keillor still produces the radio show,”The Author’s Almanac,” for syndication, and is finishing a Lake Wobegon movie script and a narrative about growing up in Minnesota.