Keillor's Successor: Misconduct Allegations 'Heartbreaking'

In this April 5, 2016 photo, Chris Thile gestures during an interview at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minn. Photo: Photo: AP/Ann Heisenfelt
In this April 5, 2016 photo, Chris Thile gestures during an interview at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minn.

December 03, 2017 11:13 AM

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.

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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."

Thile had also announced that the show's name will be changed, but a spokeswoman for the show's distributor said Sunday a new name had not been chosen. 

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."

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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.

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