"I sent her an email of apology later, and she replied that she had forgiven me and not to think about it".
According to Keillor, who released a statement to the AP, the firing was due to "a story that I think is more interesting and more complicated than the version MPR heard". He writes that he thought they were friends until he got a call from her lawyer. "A person could not hope for more than what I was given". The station has also said it will change the name of Keillor's former show, and cease airing both his daily poetry reading, "A Writer's Almanac", and "The Best of A Prairie Home Companion". Actors hug, musicians hug, people were embracing every Saturday night left and right, and I stood off in the corner like a stone statue.
The revelation came less than a day after the Washington Post published a column by Keillor defending Al Franken, one of his home state's senators, who has been under fire after multiple women have come forward with allegations of inappropriate sexual contact.
Calls for Franken's head are "pure absurdity", Keillor wrote, "and the atrocity it leads to is a code of public deadliness".
Keillor alluded to allegations made by broadcaster Leann Tweeden, who has claimed that Franken forcibly kissed her during a USO tour in 2006, and didn't acknowledge that three other women have claimed that Franken had allegedly grabbed their butts while taking photos between 2007 and 2010. "So this is poetic irony of a high order", he added.
"We understand that some listeners are upset and know that the limited information we've made available at this time may not seem to justify such a consequential decision", said Angie Andresen, a spokeswoman for MPR and APM. Writers would join him to work over material, but those encounters were often stilted and quiet, the co-workers said.
Mortman noted that Keillor spoke at the Press Club in Washington, D.C., in 1994.
In 1998 Keillor wrote "Wobegon Boy", a novel about a radio host who is wrongly accused of sexual harassment and fired by his station.
The radio personality's departure comes amid a wave of sexual harassment allegations sweeping Hollywood and the news business. The allegations reportedly involve a female NBC staffer whom Lauer assaulted while they were covering the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
Bridget George of Anoka says she wants a fuller explanation from the network. "And I can not in conscience bring danger to a great organization I've worked hard for since 1969", Keillor told the news organization.
MPR and Keillor began their association in 1969 and launched "Prairie Home" in 1974 with a live broadcast from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, the Star-Tribune said.