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Keillor appears in public

Former radio host Garrison Keillor said he hopes the sexual allegations against him are fading and believes Minnesota Public Radio made a grave mistake when it cut ties with him.

Keillor's comments followed his first appearance before an audience since the controversy erupted in November, The Daily Courier in Prescott, Arizona, reported.

MPR has said that a woman who worked with the station as a freelance contributor accused Keillor of dozens of sexually inappropriate incidents over several years.

During Keillor's Wednesday night show at Yavapai College in Prescott, the ex-host of the once popular "A Prairie Home Companion" joked about how the allegations against him must have been contagious in light of other scandals involving former Rep. Al Franken, Charlie Rose and Harvey Weinstein.

He said the controversy made him appreciate his friends.

"In the newspaper, they refer to you as a disgraced broadcaster. They refer to this as a scandal, but your true friends, and you don't need that many of them, but you find out for absolute sure who they are in the first two weeks after all of this happens," he said.



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