Radio host terminated for “inappropriate behaviour”
“I meant to pat her back after she told me about her unhappiness and her shirt was open, and my hand went up it about six inches. She recoiled. I apologised.”
US-based Garrison Keillor, aged 75, is the latest media personality to face allegations and accusations of misconduct. He may also be the first from radio to be publicly called out following a tidal wave of high profile figures from film, television, management, music and sport.
Minnesota Public Radio says it has terminated its contracts with Keillor and its private media companies, “after learning of allegations of his inappropriate behaviour with an individual who worked with him”.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Keillor wrote in an email that his behaviour involved him putting his hand on the woman’s back.
“I sent her an email of apology later, and she replied that she had forgiven me and not to think about it,” he wrote.
Keillor is best known as the creator of A Prairie Home Companion, a mixture of gentle comedy sketches, music and social commentary. He hosted the show between 1974 and 2016.