Less than a day after Garrison Keillor — a now-former radio personality for Minnesota Public Radio — wrote an op-ed in The Washington Postdefending Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), saying he should not resign, he has been let go from the radio station.
The Associated Press reports Keillor was fired over allegations of inappropriate behavior:
BREAKING: Garrison Keillor says he's been fired by Minnesota Public Radio over allegations of inappropriate behavior.
— The Associated Press (@AP) November 29, 2017
In a statement, Minnesota Public Radio said they were made aware of the allegations last month:
MPR President Jon McTaggart immediately informed the MPR Board Chair, and a special Board committee was appointed to provide oversight and ongoing counsel. In addition, MPR retained an outside law firm to conduct an independent investigation of the allegations. Based on what we currently know, there are no similar allegations involving other staff. The attorney leading the independent investigation has been conducting interviews and reviewing documents, and the investigation is still ongoing.
In his op-ed, Keillor said demanding Franken should resign “is pure absurdity” and added Franken should “change his name to Newman and put the USO debacle behind him and then we’ll change frankincense to Febreze.”