In addition, MPR retained an outside law firm to conduct an independent investigation of the allegations.
The newspaper's editorial page editor, Fred Hiatt, said in a statement Thursday that Keillor's firing was due to the columnist penning an article about sexual misconduct allegations facing multiple high-profile men in media without disclosing his own misconduct allegations.
Garrison Keillor is now touring with Robin & Linda Williams had live appearances scheduled on the East Coast this week (including Tarrytown Music Hall on 12/1) - no word on whether the tour will still go on.
Mr. Keillor, 75, then said he was sacked over "a story that I think is more interesting and more complicated than the version MPR heard", according to The Associated Press. It said Keillor was dropped as the company investigated allegations of his "inappropriate behavior with an individual who worked with him".
Garrison Keillor, most famous as the creator and host of "A Prairie Home Companion" on Minnesota Public Radio, told The Associated Press in an email that he had been fired by the radio network over allegations of improper behavior. Based on what we now know, there are no similar allegations involving other staff.
Keillor, 75, wrote about how Franken participated in a USO tour in 2006 before he ran for the U.S. Senate and when he was still in the "comedy biz". Keillor also was set to appear Wednesday night at a theater in western MA, but that show was canceled after news broke of his dismissal by MPR.
"While we appreciate the contributions Garrison has made to MPR and to all of public radio, we believe this decision is the right thing to do and is necessary to continue to earn the trust of our audiences, employees and supporters of our public service", said MPR president Jon McTaggart.
MPR said it had learned of the allegations in October and that an investigation was ongoing.
Garrison Keillor continued to produce a show after retiring from "A Prairie Home Companion" previous year.
"I put my hand on a woman's bare back". She recoiled. I apologized. He writes that he thought they were friends until he got a call from her lawyer.
In an email to MPR's news boss Wednesday afternoon, Keillor wrote, "I think the country is in the grip of a mania - the whole Franken business is an absurdity - and I wish someone [would] resist it, but I expect MPR to look out for itself, and meanwhile I feel awfully lucky to have hung on for so long".
MPR said it would rename the show and end distribution of "The Writer's Almanac", Keillor's daily reading of a poem and telling of literary events. It will also change the name of the current iteration of A Prairie Home Companion, which is now hosted by Chris Thile.