Keillor Back in Spotlight after Sexual Misconduct Allegation

Former Former "A Prairie Home Companion" host Garrison Keillor is returning to the public eye. |  Photo: Ryan Somma / MGN, file

JEFF BAENEN, Associated Press
Created: December 18, 2018 10:37 AM

FRIDLEY, Minn. (AP) - Garrison Keillor is stepping back into the spotlight a year after Minnesota Public Radio cut ties with the former "A Prairie Home Companion" host over a sexual misconduct allegation.

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Keillor performed two sold-out shows Sunday night at Crooners, a jazz nightclub in a Minneapolis suburb near where he grew up. Fans laughed, applauded and sang along.

It's a much smaller audience than the millions of listeners Keillor entertained weekly on his Saturday evening radio show.

Keillor retired as "Prairie Home" host with a final show at the Hollywood Bowl in July 2016.

MPR cut ties with Keillor in November 2017 after a former freelance researcher for the show alleged he sexually harassed her. Keillor has maintained that sexually suggestive emails he exchanged with her were simply "romantic writing."


JEFF BAENEN, Associated Press

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