Matt Lauer's not the only man getting fired for sexual misconduct today. Garrison Keillor, creator and former host of A Prairie Home Companion, announced this morning that he has been fired by Minnesota Public Radio after the network learned of allegations of Keillor's sexual misconduct. Here's what we know so far:
The news broke this morning:
At first, the only information was that Keillor has been accused of “inappropriate behavior.”
But as we’ve learned over the past few months, that could refer to a wide range of actions.
Keillor himself stated that he'd been fired.
This is a surprising departure from what has become the norm in cases of allegations like these.
In the past, we’ve seen men facing these accusations either vehemently deny the claims (which doesn’t typically go well for them), or, in the case of comedian Louis C.K., directly address and apologize for them.
Keillor didn’t do either of those things. In fact, it seemed like he was the one breaking the news.
After confirming the news in an email sent to the Associated Press, Keillor followed up with a somewhat inscrutable follow-up statement about the reasons for his firing.
According to Keillor, he was fired because of “a story that I think is more interesting and more complicated than the version MPR heard.”
He did not elaborate in the follow-up statement.
Minnesota Public Radio issued the following statement addressing Keillor's firing:
As a result of MPR severing ties with Keillor, they will “end distribution and broadcast of The Writer’s Almanac and rebroadcasts of The Best of A Prairie Home Companion hosted by Garrison Keillor.”
They will also change the name of the weekly music and variety program (which has been hosted by Chris Thile since Keillor’s retirement last year).
Apparently, Keillor had been the focus of an investigation for several weeks leading up to his firing.
The “inappropriate behavior” in question reportedly occurred while he was responsible for the production of A Prarie Home Companion.
Based on what MPR’s attorney currently knows, there are no similar allegations against Keillor.
This morning, Keillor sent an additional email to Minnesota’s largest paper, the Star Tribune. In it, he gave some additional details of the actual incident which he believes led to his firing…