"Minnesota Public Radio 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", said Angie Andresen, communications director for the station.
Garrison Keillor continued to produce a show after retiring from "A Prairie Home Companion" a year ago.
The allegations "relate to Mr. Keillor's conduct while he was responsible for the production of 'A Prairie Home Companion, ' " said MPR, an NPR member network.
"I meant to pat her back after she told me about her unhappiness, and her shirt was open and my hand went up it about six inches [15 cm]", he told the newspaper in an email.
Keillor even managed a joke of sorts: "Getting fired is a real distinction in broadcasting and I've waited fifty years for the honor".
MPR said at this time there were no other known allegations against Keillor from other staffers and encouraged employees to call a confidential hotline with any additional information about the allegations. In light of that news, it's only appropriate to find that the last time Keillor traveled to Charleston a year ago, he recorded his adventures in ideal character for his recurring Washington Post column. "I only wish it could've been for something more heroic", he wrote.
Lauer had hosted the show for 20 years and is thought to have reached a salary of $25 million a year.
Keillor said, "I put my hand on a woman's bare back. She recoiled. I apologized", the statement reads. He writes that he thought they were friends until he got a call from her lawyer. "I sent her an email of apology later, and she replied that she had forgiven me and not to think about it".
This news comes just one day after the radio host wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post calling the notion that his fellow Minnesotan Senator Al Franken should resign following sexual harassment allegations "absurd,"and saying "the atrocity it leads to is a code of public deadliness".
Keillor's ouster is the latest fallout in a series of sexual misconduct allegations against powerful men that began with the highly public accusations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein in October. And I can not in conscience bring danger to a great organization I've worked hard for since 1969.