Garrison Keillor event in Pittsfield canceled following firing

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. (NEWS10) – On the heels of the allegations against NBC’s Matt Lauer a popular voice of public radio has also been fired.

Garrison Keillor, the former host of A Prairie Home Companion is now facing claims of “inappropriate behavior.”

The Berkshire Theatre Group announced on their website that the group that had rented the theater for Keillor’s show has canceled the performance.

Keillor was scheduled to perform at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield amid allegations of inappropriate behavior toward a colleague.  He was fired from Minnesota Public Radio Wednesday afternoon after the claims surfaced.

WAMC was set to present Wednesday’s show but earlier this afternoon the radio station sent out a tweet saying it will no longer be participating in the event.

Another tweet by WAMC linked to a statement from American Public Media’s Vice President announcing the cancellation of contracts with Keillor.

This statement was sent to all APM stations and in part reads:

“We’re saddened by the circumstances, but feel strongly that the decisions we’ve made and the steps we’re taking are the right things to do for our programs, for your audiences and your stations.”

Keillor saying in a statement the incident in question involved him putting his hand on a woman’s back to comfort her and says the situation is more complicated than what’s being reported.

Meanwhile, in Pittsfield, Artistic Director Kate Maguire says “at Berkshire Theatre Group we believe that the victimization of anyone is deplorable.”

Keillor was set to perform Wednesday night with Robin and Linda Williams at 7:30 p.m.

If you had tickets you can contact the box office for information on a refund.

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