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Minnesotans rip MPR over decision to drop Keillor

Garrison Keillor

U.S. author and radio host Garrison Keillor has been fired from his radio station amid a claim of misconduct.

Garrison Keillor, the satirical writer who created the weekly show A Prairie Home Companion, was sacked yesterday by Minnesota Public Radio which said it had been investigating allegations of "inappropriate behaviour with an individual who worked for him".

KEILLOR: It's the birthday of Bronson Alcott, 1799, and also the birthday of his daughter. "She recoiled. I apologized", the statement reads. "We should be careful...not to make the world so fine and good that you and I can't enjoy living in it", he said.

Keillor told the Associated Press on Wednesday that he was sacked because of "a story that I think is more interesting and more complicated than the version MPR heard". Woe be gone, indeed.

Others expressed sadness. Belle Scott of Minneapolis said she was distressed by the Keillor news as well as the recent reports of sexual misconduct by Minnesota U.S. Sen.

Mr Keillor hosted A Prairie Home Companion - a variety show with a focus on the fictional town of Lake Wobegon - for 42 years. "We were friends. We continued to be friendly right up until her lawyer called", he added. Miss Tweeden knew what the game was and played her role and on the flight home, in a spirit of low comedy, Al ogled her and pretended to grab her and a picture was taken.

Lauer had hosted the show for 20 years and is thought to have reached a salary of $25 million a year.

The station said it did not know of any allegations involving any other staff.

"Minnesota Public Radio is terminating its contracts with Garrison Keillor and his private media companies after recently learning of allegations of his inappropriate behavior with an individual who worked with him", said Angie Andresen, communications director for the station.

In an expanded statement, MPR clarified that the allegations claim misconduct during Keillor's tenure as host of Prairie Home Companion and that "a special Board committee was appointed to provide oversight and ongoing counsel".

In an email to MPR's news boss Wednesday afternoon, Keillor wrote, "I think the country is in the grip of a mania - the whole Franken business is an absurdity - and I wish someone [would] resist it, but I expect MPR to look out for itself, and meanwhile I feel awfully lucky to have hung on for so long". "And I can not in conscience bring danger to a great organization I've worked hard for since 1969", Keillor told the news organization.