MPR released a statement Wednesday midday, saying, "Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) is terminating its contracts with Garrison Keillor and his private media companies after recently learning of allegations of his inappropriate behavior with an individual who worked with him". Keillor didn't detail the allegation to AP, but told the Minneapolis Star Tribune he had put his hand on a woman's bare back when trying to console her. He says her shirt was open and that his hand went up it about six inches. Upon entering Jestine's Kitchen, Keillor fixates on the first waitress who acknowledges him: I walked into Jestine's Kitchen in Charleston, and a waitress said, 'Is there just one of you, sweetheart?' and her voice was like jasmine and teaberry. "I sent her an email of apology later, and she replied that she had forgiven me and not to think about it. We were friends. We continued to be friendly right up until her lawyer called", he added.
MPR has said it received allegations of "inappropriate behavior" against Keillor last month involving one person who worked with him during his time hosting "Prairie Home".
Keillor told The Associated Press in an email Thursday evening that one person had brought a claim against MPR and one person had brought a claim against him.
In a follow-up statement, he says he was sacked over 'a story that I think is more interesting and more complicated than the version MPR heard'. "And I can not in conscience bring danger to a great organization I've worked hard for since 1969". It will also change the name of the current iteration of A Prairie Home Companion, which is now hosted by Chris Thile. Keillor continued to work with MPR on other projects after his retirement. The station will stop distributing and broadcasting "The Writer's Almanac", a show Keillor still produced after retiring from "A Prairie Home Companion". Effective immediately, these will no longer be distributed, and Thile's current incarnation of PHC will get a new name.
The show also became the subject of a 2006 fictionalized show with an all-star cast that included Meryl Streep, Woody Harrelson and Lindsay Lohan. She said she saw no evidence of inappropriate behavior from Keillor.
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"We have admired numerous columns Keillor has written on a weekly basis for the Washington Post syndicate and news service over the past 18 months", he added, "but we do not intend to publish his columns in the future". The weekly broadcast was heard on hundreds of stations around the USA by millions of listeners, featuring throwback musical acts, humor, and satirical skits.
He also has been working on a Lake Wobegon screenplay and a memoir about growing up in Minnesota.
"I don't think that people should talk out of bewilderment", Keillor told the Eagle.
He told the newspaper he found out his show in Pittsfield was cancelled around 4:30 p.m.
"I am very sorry for those who are abused, sorry for the abusers who had no clue about women's boundaries and sorry for us who will be deprived of their wit and wisdom from more innocent days", she wrote.