Days After Longtime Radio Host Writes Op Ed Defending Al Franken, Something Happens That No One Saw Coming

Longtime radio host Garrison Keillor was fired from his job at Minnesota Public Radio for “inappropriate behavior” just days after the Washington Post printed an opinion editorial in which he defended Senator Al Franken, according to BizPacReview.

Minnesota Public Radio released a statement on Wednesday.

Check it out:

In a statement released Wednesday, the NPR member station says it learned of the allegations in October and has retained an outside law firm to investigate them. That investigation is ongoing.

In statements to the Minnesota Star Tribune, Keillor said that he “put [his] hand on a woman’s bare back” and alleged that he had been groped by dozens of female fans.

The piece Keillor wrote for the Washington Post was titled, “Al Franken resign? That’s absurd.”

In the article, Keiller defended Franken’s behavior after the second term senator was accused of groping Los Angeles TV anchor Leeann Tweeden while the two were on a USO tour together in 2006.

“On the flight home, in a spirit of low comedy, Al ogled Miss Tweeden and pretended to grab her and a picture was taken,” Keillor wrote.

He continued, saying, “Eleven years later, a talk show host in LA, she goes public, and there is talk of resignation. This is pure absurdity, and the atrocity it leads to is a code of public deadliness. No kidding.”

— Advertisement —