Prairie Home Companion to be renamed after Garrison Keillor’s firing

A Prairie Home Companion, the U.S. “And I’m as thrilled as ever to say: “Coming to you live from New York City, welcome to Town Hall.”
A spokesman for the show did not respond to questions on Sunday. The woman who accused him of misconduct has not been publicly identified. A new name has not yet been chosen. Dec 05, 2017 1:59 PM ET

© Thomson Reuters, 2017 radio variety show that Garrison Keillor presented for decades until his retirement last year, is to be been renamed after the raconteur was accused of sexual misconduct. Paul, in Keillor’s home state of Minnesota. 


The original story incorrectly noted that A Prairie Home Companion was renamed Town Hall. In opening the first episode since Minnesota Public Radio ended its business relationship with Keillor, Thile called Keillor’s dismissal “heartbreaking news” and linked it to other prominent men in politics, media and entertainment who have been accused of sexual harassment or assault. Keillor, 75, claims he had accidentally touched the bare back of a woman with whom he had worked. He created a fictional Minnesota town, Lake Wobegon, which featured in the show. Keillor created A Prairie Home Companion, a mixture of gentle comedy sketches, music and social commentary, and hosted the program from 1974 to 2016. Chris Thile, the mandolinist who took over as host of the long-running show last year, addressed the accusations on Saturday from the Town Hall, the New York City theatre where it is staged before a live audience. (The Associated Press)

After his firing, Keillor, 75, said in an email to the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he had accidentally touched the bare back of a woman with whom he had worked and that he later sent a note apologizing to her after seeing her recoil. “As for this show, I want it to be a place for us to gather around, hear great music, laugh together, reflect and gain respite from our weekly troubles,” Thile said. Besides Town Hall in New York, the program was often staged at the Fitzgerald Theater in St.