Radio host and author Garrison Keillor, most known for A Prairie Home Companion, has been fired by Minnesota Public Radio because of allegations of his inappropriate behavior with an individual who previously worked with him. In an official statement released by Minnesota Public Radio, it states, “Last month, MPR was notified of the allegations which relate to Mr. Keillor’s conduct while he was responsible for the production of A Prairie Home Companion (APHC) … The attorney leading the independent investigation has been conducting interviews and reviewing documents, and the investigation is still ongoing … MPR will end its business relationships with Mr. Keillor’s media companies effective immediately.” Jon McTaggart, the President of MPR, gave his own thoughts in the press release, saying that, “Garrison Keillor has been an important part of the growth and success of MPR, and all of us in the MPR community are saddened by these circumstances. While we appreciate the contributions Garrison has made to MPR and to all of public radio, we believe this decision is the right thing to do and is necessary to continue to earn the trust of our audiences, employees and supporters of our public service.”
In addition, David Murphy, the Chair of the MPR Board of Trustees, said, “The Board Committee concluded that terminating the Keillor relationships was the appropriate decision and the Board and Jon are aligned in this action. Fortunately, MPR is one of the strongest public broadcasting organizations in the country.” According to USA Today, Keillor’s response to the termination was explained in an email to the Associated Press as being caused by, “a story that I think is more interesting and more complicated than the version MPR heard.” Keillor, 75, is a married man with two children. He is married to his third wife Jenny Lind Nilsson, who was a violinist in the Minnesota Opera Orchestra. In addition to being a musician, Nilsson was also a writer and consultant for the TV Movie The Sandy Bottom Orchestra. Have a look at the trailer for the movie below.
Together, Keillor and Nilsson have one daughter named Maia Grace, though Keillor also has a child from a previous marriage. They live in a beautiful, 100-year-old home in Minnesota and, according to the NY Times, their home was built by French architect Emmanuel Masqueray. Keillor’s first wife was Mary Guntzel and they were married from 1965 to 1976. The two had one child together, a son named Jason. Keillor’s second wife was Ulla Skaerved, a former exchange student from Denmark. The two got re-aquainted at Keillor’s high school reunion and they were married from 1985 to 1990. Nilsson and Keillor married in 1995.