Keillor started A Prairie Home Companion in 1974, and it quickly became a beloved fixture of the American public radio landscape. MPR also said it will end distribution of "The Writer's Almanac", Keillor's daily reading of a poem and telling of literary events, and end rebroadcasts of "The Best of A Prairie Home Companion" hosted by Keillor.
More Garrison Keillor tour shows have been canceled.
MPR is conducting an ongoing investigation of the allegations. The star retired as host from the long-running public radio variety show in 2016. She recoiled. I apologized. MPR confirmed Keillor's termination to the AP, writing in a statement that it 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".
He didn't give details of the allegation.
Sue Scott, a longtime voice actor on the radio show until Keillor stepped down, told the AP she was stunned.
"If I had a dollar for every woman who asked to take a selfie with me and who slipped an arm around me and let it drift down below the beltline, I'd have at least a hundred dollars". The radio mainstay says he considered her a friend and they remained friendly "right up until her lawyer called". Franken has said he will continue to serve in the Senate.
"Getting fired is a real distinction in broadcasting and I've waited fifty years for the honor", he appeared to joke. All of my heroes got fired.
He also suggested that he himself was the victim of sexual harassment from female fans, calling the allegation "poetic irony of a high order".
"Eleven years layer, a talk show host in L.A., she goes public with her embarrassment, and there is talk of resignation", he said. Keillor argued that the photo of Franken pretending to grab radio host Leeann Tweeden's breasts during a USO trip was done "in a spirit of low comedy", and talk of the Democratic senator resigning is "pure absurdity" that leads to "a code of public deadliness".