Saturday evening’s show featuring Garrison Keillor with Robin & Linda Williams at Ithaca’s State Theatre has been canceled. Keillor was fired yesterday by Minnesota Public Radio for alleged “inappropriate behavior.”
According to the State Theatre, Keillor and his staff made the decision to cancel this week’s shows.
Ticketholders for Saturday’s show may obtain refunds from their point of purchase.
A statement from MPR released late Wednesday morning says the company is “terminating its contracts with Garrison Keillor and his private media companies.”
“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,” says MPR’s statement. Keillor retired from Prairie Home Companion last year, and MPR says the show, now hosted by Chris Thile, will change its name.
Keillor’s show on Wednesday night in Pittsfield, Massachusetts was canceled that afternoon, and a show scheduled for Thursday night at the Warner Theatre in Torrington, Connecticut was still scheduled to go on this morning, but was canceled early this afternoon, according to DSP Shows.
“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,” said Jon McTaggart, President of MPR. “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.”