Garrison Keillor Cancels Show at Warner Theatre Amid Misconduct Allegations

Garrison Keillor, the former host of "A Prairie Home Companion" has canceled the performance scheduled for tonight at the Warner Theatre in Torrington and the cancellation comes a day after Minnesota Public Radio terminated his contracts amid allegations of workplace misconduct

Officials from the Warner Theatre said they learned around noon that Keillor has canceled his performance for tonight. 

On Wednesday, Keillor told The Associated Press he was fired over "a story that I think is more interesting and more complicated than the version MPR heard." Keillor didn't detail the allegation to AP, but he later told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he had put his hand on a woman's bare back when trying to console her. 

"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," Keillor told the newspaper in an email. "I sent her an email of apology later, and she replied that she had forgiven me and not to think about it. 

"We were friends. We continued to be friendly right up until her lawyer called." 

MPR said only that it received allegations of "inappropriate behavior" against Keillor last month involving one person who worked with him during his time hosting "A Prairie Home Companion." Keillor retired as host of the radio variety show last year, but continued to work for MPR on various projects. 

MPR said it had received no other complaints but had retained an outside law firm that was continuing to investigate. 

The Warner will be contacting all ticket holders to inform them the show is canceled and will provide refunds.

For more information, call the box office at 860-489-7180 or email boxoffice@warnertheatre.org.

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