The same day that the news broke that long-time, very highly paid news host Matt Lauer of NBC had been fired over accusations of sexual misconduct, another well-known figure in the entertainment industry has just announced he’s been fired, too. Former “Prairie Home Companion” host Garrison Keillor informed the Associated Press on Wednesday of his firing from Minnesota Public Radio.
While Keillor retired last year from hosting the widely listened-to “Prairie Home Companion” radio show, the AP says he has still been producing “The Writer’s Almanac” show, which has been airing on syndicated radio until now.
He told the AP that he was dismissed over “a story that I think is more interesting and more complicated than the version MPR heard.”
He explained, “It’s some sort of poetic irony to be knocked off the air by a story, having told so many of them myself, but I’m 75 and don’t have any interest in arguing about this. And I cannot in conscience bring danger to a great organization I’ve worked hard for since 1969."
As for why exactly he was fired, Keillor said it was over allegations of improper behavior. No further details were provided.
“A person could not hope for more than what I was given,” he added.
The AP, among others, pointed out that Keillor just wrote an opinion piece for Tuesday's Washington Post about how Sen. Al Franken should not resign over his documented sexual misbehavior and allegations of misconduct.
"This is pure absurdity, and the atrocity it leads to is a code of public deadliness. No kidding," Keillor wrote, dismissing the photo of Franken placing his hands over a sleeping female reporter's breasts as "low comedy."
The 75-year-old radio host debuted "Prairie Home Companion" in 1974, entertaining audiences with stories surrounding Midwest culture. He ended his show in 2016 with a final performance at the Hollywood Bowl.
What do you think of this? In other news, a 2012 interview with well-known journalist Katie Couric has been unearthed where she outlines a pattern of Matt Lauer's inappropriate behavior toward her.