MINNEAPOLIS (CelebrityAccess) Garrison Keillor, radio personality, former host of “A Prairie Home Companion” and creator of the fictional town of Lake Wobegon, said in a recent Facebook post, according to the Associated Press, that he is in negotiations in a law firm in Minneapolis regarding his firing from Minnesota Public Radio after a former coworker accused him of “inappropriate behavior.”
Keillor called them “mediation.”
“Lawyers arguing, [and] a negotiator moving from office to office to talk with the four parties involved, and it all goes so slowly that you lose track of time,” Keillor wrote Jan. 5. “And though the issues they’re resolving will have an impact on my life, I sit here and think about the future, about a screenplay, a novella that’s on the verge of completion, about going to Prague in June. If I were 50, I’d be scared, but when you’re 75, you’re free. What can they do to me? My love is waiting for me in a New York snowstorm and I’ll be on an early morning flight to get there and what happens after that is nothing to worry about.”
Keillor told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune in November he had put his “hand on a woman’s bare back.”
“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 apologized,” he reportedly said.
Keillor’s radio show was handed off to his hand-picked successor, Chris Thile, and rebranded “Live From Here.”
Meanwhile, Keillor’s show at the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall in Washington, D.C., May 11 has been canceled. Tickets for “an evening of storytelling” were selling between $25 and $99, according to the Kennedy Center website. The Washington Post noted that the venue canceled in October a planned conversation between chairman David Rubenstein and Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein after the latter’s fall from grace from multiple accusations of sexual harassment.