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Keillor's successor: Misconduct allegations 'heartbreaking'

| Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, 10:48 a.m.
FILE - In this July 20, 2015, file photo, Garrison Keillor, creator and host of 'A Prairie Home Companion,' appears during an interview in St. Paul, Minn. Chris Thile who replaced Keillor as host of 'A Prairie Home Companion' said Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, that the allegations against Keillor came as 'heartbreaking news.' (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
FILE - In this July 20, 2015, file photo, Garrison Keillor, creator and host of 'A Prairie Home Companion,' appears during an interview in St. Paul, Minn. Chris Thile who replaced Keillor as host of 'A Prairie Home Companion' said Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, that the allegations against Keillor came as 'heartbreaking news.' (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
In this April 5, 2016, file photo, Chris Thile speaks during an interview at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minn. Thile, who replaced Garrison Keillor as host of 'A Prairie Home Companion' said the allegations against Keillor came as 'heartbreaking news.' Thile on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, addressed alleged improper conduct by Keillor in the opening minutes of the first show to be broadcast since news of the allegations broke. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt, File)
In this April 5, 2016, file photo, Chris Thile speaks during an interview at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minn. Thile, who replaced Garrison Keillor as host of 'A Prairie Home Companion' said the allegations against Keillor came as 'heartbreaking news.' Thile on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, addressed alleged improper conduct by Keillor in the opening minutes of the first show to be broadcast since news of the allegations broke. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt, File)

NEW YORK — The man who replaced Garrison Keillor as host of “A Prairie Home Companion” says the allegations against Keillor came as “heartbreaking news.”

Chris Thile on Saturday addressed alleged improper conduct by Keillor in the opening minutes of the first show to be broadcast since news of the allegations broke.

Thile says the country is in the middle of a movement he believes represents progress. He says people are recognizing the “harmful power imbalance that women have had to endure for so long in our culture.”

Minnesota Public Radio, the show's producer, ended its relationship with Keillor this week after what it said were allegations of improper behavior with a person who worked with him on “Prairie Home.”

Keillor says he touched a woman's bare back as he tried to console her, and that he apologized.

Thile, Keillor's hand-picked successor, took over the show in 2016 after Keillor retired.

Editor's note: The Associated Press reported erroneously the new name for the radio show. A spokeswoman for Minnesota Public Radio, the show's producer, says a new name has not yet been chosen.

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