Garrison Keillor is stepping back into the spotlight a year after Minnesota Public Radio cut ties with the former “A Prairie Home Companion” host over a sexual misconduct allegation.

Keillor performed two sold-out shows Sunday night at Crooners, a jazz nightclub in a Minneapolis suburb near where he grew up. Fans laughed, applauded and sang along.

In this Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, former
In this Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, former “A Prairie Home Companion” host Garrison Keillor talks to fans after his performances at Crooners lounge in Fridley, Minn. (AP Photo/Jeff Baenen)

It’s a much smaller audience than the millions of listeners Keillor entertained weekly on his Saturday evening radio show.

In this Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018 photo, a sign promoting an appearance by former
In this Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018 photo, a sign promoting an appearance by former “A Prairie Home Companion” host Garrison Keillor is displayed outside Crooners lounge in Fridley, Minn. (AP Photo/Jeff Baenen)

Keillor retired as “Prairie Home” host with a final show at the Hollywood Bowl in July 2016.

In this Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, former
In this Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, former “A Prairie Home Companion” host Garrison Keillor, right, talks to fans after his performances at Crooners lounge in Fridley, Minn. (AP Photo/Jeff Baenen)

MPR cut ties with Keillor in November 2017 after a former freelance researcher for the show alleged he sexually harassed her. Keillor has maintained that sexually suggestive emails he exchanged with her were simply “romantic writing.”

Source: The Associated Press