MPR exec says 'multiple allegations' against Keillor

Brunilde Fioravanti
Dicembre 7, 2017

The president of Minnesota Public Radio has told employees the decision to cut business ties with former "A Prairie Home Companion" host Keillor resulted from "multiple allegations" that covered an extended period of time.

Garrison Keillor says Minnesota Public Radio was wrong to fire him last week without fully investigating what a senior executive has described as "multiple allegations" against the former "A Prairie Home Companion" host spanning an extended period of time.

MPR News reported the McTaggart comments. MPR has not provided details of the allegations. APMG spokesperson Angie Andresen said the company did not plan to issue a statement about the meeting.

Keillor announced November 30 that MPR had terminated his contracts after four decades of entertaining public radio listeners with tales of small-town characters.

Keillor has said he touched a woman's bare back to console her, and that he apologized. Keillor retired as host of the show in 2016, but had continued to work for MPR on various projects. Jon McTaggart held an off-the-record meeting with employees Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, a week after Keillor's dismissal was announced. But he expressed disappointment at the company's response to the allegations.

In an email late Wednesday, Keillor told the Associated Press MPR has made an "enormous not conducting a full and fair investigation".

Keillor's attorney, Eric Nilsson, said Thursday that he knows of only one person making allegations against Keillor. Nilsson says McTaggart must "set the record straight".

"A Prairie Home Companion" continues with Keillor's hand-picked successor, mandolinist Chris Thile.

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