Keillor back in spotlight after sexual misconduct allegation
FRIDLEY, Minn. (AP) — Garrison Keillor looked comfortable on the small stage as he sang Christmas lullabies, told off-color limericks and spun a tale about a lutefisk dinner at the fictitious Lake Wobegon.
Starting off with his familiar opener "Tishomingo Blues," Keillor offered up a warm, nostalgic take on his former public radio show "A Prairie Home Companion," minus his hard-boiled Guy Noir, Private Eye and Lives of the Cowboys skits.
MPR to sell theater where Keillor’s ‘Prairie Home’ was based
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Public Radio is selling the century-old theater where Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" was based.
MPR President and CEO John McTaggart announced Wednesday that the radio network is selling the 1,000-seat Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul to Minneapolis nightclub First Avenue .
Garrison Keillor’s Vermont appearance cancelled after outcry
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — An appearance by Garrison Keillor, former host of "A Prairie Home Companion," at a Vermont book festival has been canceled after public outcry.
Burlington Book Festival Founding Director Rick Kisonak confirmed to Vermont Public Radio that the Oct. 14 fundraising event would not take place.
Critics sound off on Garrison Keillor appearance in Vermont
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Organizers of the Burlington Book Festival are facing criticism over a scheduled appearance by Garrison Keillor, former host of "A Prairie Home Companion."
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Public Radio has dismissed three longtime employees of the former "A Prairie Home Companion" show, including the son of creator and ex-host Garrison Keillor.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports Jason Keillor was dismissed last week along with Prairie Home Productions managing director Kate Gustafson and publicist David O'Neill.
Folksy observer who put Embarrass, Minn., on the weather map is hanging up his thermometer
Roland Fowler will always remember the one that got away.
No, he’s not a fisherman. Fowler, whom everyone calls “Charlie,” is the longtime volunteer weather observer in the Iron Range town of Embarrass, Minn. With his folksy humor, media-friendly demeanor and diligent attention to detail, Fowler put Embarrass on the national weather map.
Minnesota Public Radio and former host Garrison Keillor said Friday they have reached an agreement that would once again allow public access to thousands of past shows of A Prairie Home Companion and The Writers Almanac.
Under the agreement, MPR will pay Keillor $275,000 for money owed through past contracts. In return, Keillor agreed not to take legal action against the station.
MPR, Keillor strike deal to restore access to old shows
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Public Radio says it has an agreement with Garrison Keillor to restore online access to old recordings of his "A Prairie Home Companion" radio show.
MPR said Friday it will pay Keillor $275,000 for limited, non-exclusive rights to those shows for three years as well as Keillor's "The Writer's Almanac," a short daily offering that featured Keillor reading poetry and literary bits.
Arts academy condemns conduct of some members
NEW YORK (AP) — The American Academy of Arts and Letters condemned the "abhorrent" conduct of members facing sexual harassment allegations, but declined to take further action.
Authors Sherman Alexie and Garrison Keillor and architect Richard Meier are among the academy members who have been criticized, with Meier since removed from the Architectural League of New York and Keillor fired from Minnesota Public Radio. The academy board offered no comment on Tuesday beyond its statement.
For two years, Garrison Keillor exchanged flirtatious e-mails and texts with a female staffer, sharing personal thoughts and fantasies in discussions that sometimes turned erotic.
Keillor maintains that the e-mails themselves are proof that he didnt do anything wrong, that the relationship was entirely mutual. Minnesota Public Radio ended its four-decade connection to the Prairie Home Companion star over Keillors behavior, including incidents of what the company called unwanted sexual touching.
PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — Former radio host Garrison Keillor said he hopes the sexual allegations against him are fading and believes Minnesota Public Radio made a grave mistake when it cut ties with him.
Keillor's comments followed his first appearance before an audience since the controversy erupted in November, The Daily Courier in Prescott, Arizona, reported.
At first show in months, Garrison Keillor reflects on ‘beauty of being disgraced’
PRESCOTT, ARIZ. Spinning tales and singing old songs, Garrison Keillor confronted allegations of inappropriate behavior with gentle wit at his first public show since Minnesota Public Radio cut ties with him three months ago.
I dont know how they managed to fire a retired person, but they did, Keillor told a friendly crowd of more than 700 Wednesday night at Yavapai College in Prescott.
Keillor shares hundreds of e-mails, asserts it’s clear romantic banter was mutual
Garrison Keillor is not apologizing.
Unlike other famous men who have quickly expressed regret after being accused of sexual harassment in recent months, the former host of A Prairie Home Companion defended his conduct and remains adamant that he was wronged by Minnesota Public Radio when it ended their nearly 50-year relationship three months ago.
Keillor: Relationship with accuser simply ‘romantic writing’
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Garrison Keillor described several sexually suggestive emails he exchanged with a former researcher who accused him of sexual misconduct as "romantic writing" that never resulted in a physical relationship, and the radio host rejected the idea that because he was her boss — and the driving force of a hugely popular radio program — it could be sexual harassment.
The woman responded, via her attorney, that Keillor's power over her job made her afraid to say no to him.
Former ‘Prairie Home’ returns to Minnesota for first time since Keillor scandal: ‘It’s been really hard’
The show must go on. That is Chris Thiles mantra as he brings the Radio Show Formerly Known as A Prairie Home Companion back to the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul this weekend.
It will be the first Twin Cities performance since Minnesota Public Radio accused Garrison Keillor of inappropriate behavior, severed their ties and renamed the 44-year-old program Live From Here.
Report: Ex-employee source of Garrison Keillor allegations
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The person who first accused the creator of "A Prairie Home Companion" of inappropriate conduct with a female employee was a disgruntled male staffer who spoke up after he was fired from the show last summer, according to a report published Friday.
Source of Garrison Keillor allegations shocks those close to radio host
The person who first accused Garrison Keillor of inappropriate behavior wasnt a woman it was an angry man.
Dan Rowles, a close associate of Keillors and a 16-year employee of A Prairie Home Companion, spoke up after he was dumped from the show last summer and rejected a severance offer from Minnesota Public Radio, according to seven people who have worked on the show.
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University of Minnesota removes Garrison Keillor plaque
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota has removed a plaque honoring humorist Garrison Keillor after he faced allegations of sexual misconduct.
Keillor's plaque is no longer displayed on the school's Scholars Walk, which honors outstanding university faculty and alumni, Minnesota Daily reported . But some of Keillor's song lyrics from an early radio show are still featured on campus.
Garrison Keillor has been eliminated from the University of Minnesotas Scholars Walk, which honors students and professors from the university.
I was never a scholar. The plaque was an embarrassment, Keillor told the Star Tribune Monday after being asked for comment. Im a writer. We dont need plaques, we have books.
Garrison Keillor’s wish to be heard is at the heart of standoff with MPR
Garrison Keillor is convinced America still wants to hear his voice.
The disgraced broadcasters determination to reopen the Prairie Home Companion archives and revive his daily Writers Almanac is at the heart of the bitter divorce talks with Minnesota Public Radio that broke down last week in an acrimonious exchange.
Both sides say they want to resolve the two-month standoff over what MPR termed dozens of sexually inappropriate incidents by Keillor toward a longtime writer for Prairie Home.
MPR releases more details of allegations against Keillor
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Public Radio has provided additional details of allegations of sexual harassment against humorist Garrison Keillor, saying his alleged conduct went well beyond his account in November of accidentally touching a woman's bare back.
MPR: Allegations against Keillor far beyond single touch
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Public Radio provided additional details of allegations of sexual harassment against humorist Garrison Keillor on Tuesday, saying his alleged conduct went well beyond his account in November of accidentally touching a woman's bare back.
The Latest: Keillor pushes back against expanded allegations
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on a Minnesota Public Radio statement giving new details of allegations of sexual harassment against former radio host Garrison Keillor (all times local):
Former radio host Garrison Keillor is pushing back against new details of sexual harassment allegations against him.
MPR says woman accused Keillor of ‘dozens of sexually inappropriate incidents’
Minnesota Public Radio broke its silence Tuesday about its split with Garrison Keillor, saying a woman who worked for the host of “A Prairie Home Companion” alleged “dozens of sexually inappropriate incidents ... over a period of years” including “unwanted sexual touching.”
Keillor had told the Star Tribune Nov. 29 that MPR severed its ties with him after a single incident in which he placed his hand on a woman’s bare back.
Liam Neeson: “Bit of a witch hunt” over sex allegations
LONDON (AP) — Actor Liam Neeson says the Hollywood sexual harassment scandal has sparked "a bit of a witch hunt."
Asked about the issue on the Irish broadcaster RTE, Neeson said: "There's some people, famous people, being suddenly accused of touching some girl's knee or something and suddenly they're being dropped from their program."
After firing, Garrison Keillor in mediation talks with Minnesota Public Radio
Garrison Keillor is in mediation with Minnesota Public Radio after his former employer fired him for allegations of inappropriate behavior with a co-worker late last year.
Keillor in mediation with Minnesota Public Radio over firing
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Humorist Garrison Keillor says he is in negotiations with Minnesota Public Radio after the radio network cut ties with the former "A Prairie Home Companion" host over unspecified allegations of inappropriate behavior.
Franken, Keillor, Damond, Castile top Minnesota news in 2017
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two of Minnesota's most famous people, Al Franken and Garrison Keillor, saw their legacies derailed as sexual misconduct scandals swept the political and entertainment worlds. A Minneapolis police officer made international headlines when he killed an unarmed Australian woman, while a jury acquitted a suburban Minneapolis officer in the fatal shooting of a black motorist whose dying moments were streamed around the world on Facebook.
‘A Prairie Home Companion’ name becomes ‘Live from Here’
NEW YORK (AP) — "A Prairie Home Companion" has been given a new name — "Live from Here" — in the wake of creator Garrison Keillor's acrimonious split with Minnesota Public Radio.
Chris Thile, the mandolin virtuoso who has hosted the weekly variety show since Keillor's retirement last year, announced the new name Saturday evening as the show opened a live performance in New York City.
Thile announces new name for ‘Prairie Home Companion’
Minnesota Public Radio took another major step in distancing itself from the “Prairie Home Companion” brand by officially re-naming the show that Garrison Keillor built.
Chris Thile, who replaced his idol as host last season, announced at the top of Saturday’s broadcast from New York City that the program will now be called “Live From Here With Chris Thile.”
After Kevin Spacey was excised from the upcoming movie "All the Money in the World" (his scenes to be reshot with Christopher Plummer), I modestly proposed that Hollywood remove and reshoot Spacey's scenes in "Beyond the Sea" and "The Usual Suspects," and destroy all copies of "American Beauty" — that hackneyed attempt at a takedown of suburban America.
This expungement, I said in jest, was the required remedy for Spacey's sexual assaults and related misconduct.
Eugene City Councilor Betty Taylor is fuming over the Eugene Airport’s decision not to include its photo of noted author and radio personality Garrison Keillor in the reinstalled “flying people” exhibit.
But City Manager Jon Ruiz has responded that the city will keep the Keillor photo out of public view for the time being.
Both Ruiz and Mayor Lucy Vinis left open the possibility of the city reinstalling the Keillor photo in the future at the city-owned airport.
In wake of harassment cases, men wonder if hugging women is still OK
LOS ANGELES - Steve Wyard thought he knew what sexual harassment looked like: a put-out-or-lose-your-job overture. Now he's not so sure.
"Have we gotten to the point now where men can't say, 'That's a nice dress' or 'Did you do something with your hair?' " the veteran sales associate for a Los Angles company says. "The potential problem is you can't even feel safe saying, 'Good morning' anymore."
This conservative will miss Keillor -- Richard Douglas Porter
I’ll miss Garrison Keillor.
The public radio personality received his comeuppance along with NBC’s Matt Lauer recently. Context matters: Lauer’s sexual harassment sins, if true, are much worse than Keillor’s.
Keillor: Radio station fired me without full investigation
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — 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" spanning an extended period against the former "A Prairie Home Companion" host.
Garrison Keillor says he will have pacemaker implant
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Humorist Garrison Keillor says he plans to go to Mayo Clinic next week for a pacemaker implant.
Garrison Keillor is not going away quietly. One week after Minnesota Public Radio announced it was severing ties to Keillor because of alleged inappropriate behavior toward a female co-worker, the legendary broadcaster is working to salvage his reputation, insisting he was treated unfairly during MPRs investigation.
Correction: Sexual Misconduct-Garrison Keillor story
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — In a story Dec. 7 about Garrison Keillor, The Associated Press incorrectly referred to the radio show he hosted as "The Prairie Home Companion." It is "A Prairie Home Companion."
A corrected version of the story is below:
Keillor attorney: MPR must 'set the record straight'
An attorney for former "A Prairie Home Companion" host Garrison Keillor says MPR to "set the record straight" about the allegations against the humorist
The Latest: MPR says ‘carefully investigated’ Keillor case
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on allegations against Garrison Keillor during his time at Minnesota Public Radio (all times local):
Minnesota Public Radio insists it "carefully investigated" complaints from two people of "inappropriate behavior" by Garrison Keillor before it terminated its contracts with the creator of "A Prairie Home Companion."
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CEO McTaggart: ‘Multiple allegations’ were made over long time period against Garrison Keillor
Neither Minnesota Public Radio nor its parent company, American Public Media Group, has commented publicly about their decision to cut ties with former Prairie Home Companion host Garrison Keillor over allegations of improper conduct.
Lauer,Conyers and Keillor are birds of a feather: Darcy cartoon
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Where in the world is Matt Lauer? NBC's bird of prey has landed in 'Lake Webegone' along with other birds of a feather Garrison Keillor, Charlie Rose,Bill O'Reilly, Harvey Weistein, Louis C.K. and Mark Halperin.
Corporations should be punished for harassment, too -- Ken Streit
NBC's and Minnesota Public Radio's quick actions of disassociating from "The Today Show" host Matt Lauer and radio personality Garrison Keillor, respectively, are attempts to keep their media audiences and revenues.
In wake of Weinstein, men wonder if hugging women still OK
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steve Wyard thought he knew what sexual harassment looked like: a put-out-or-lose-your-job overture. Now he's not so sure.
"Have we gotten to the point now where men can't say, 'That's a nice dress' or 'Did you do something with your hair?'" says the veteran sales associate for a Los Angeles company. "The potential problem is you can't even feel safe saying, 'Good morning' anymore."
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Keillor’s successor: Misconduct allegation ‘heartbreaking’
NEW YORK (AP) — The man who replaced Garrison Keillor as host of "A Prairie Home Companion" says the workplace misconduct allegation against Keillor came as "heartbreaking news."
Chris Thile on Saturday addressed alleged improper conduct by Keillor in the opening minutes of the first show to be broadcast since news of the allegations broke.
Correction: Sexual Misconduct-Keillor-Thile story
NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Dec. 2 about "A Prairie Home Companion", The Associated Press reported erroneously the new name for the radio show. A spokeswoman for Minnesota Public Radio, the show's producer, says a new name has not yet been chosen. The AP also misstated the relationship of Minnesota Public Radio to the show. MPR is the show's producer, and American Public Media is the show's distributor.
Exactly what caused Minnesota Public Radio to sever all ties with Garrison Keillor remains a mystery, but one thing is clear: Both the legendary broadcaster and the powerhouse he was instrumental in building are taking a hit.
Chris Thile addresses scandal around his ‘Prairie Home’ predecessor Garrison Keillor
Tradition fell to the wayside on the Saturday edition of what was formerly known as A Prairie Home Companion.
The live broadcast from Town Hall in New York City started with host Chris Thile abandoning the traditional theme song, Tishomingo Blues (I hear that old piano ...), with lyrics by Garrison Keillor.