Keillor’s successor: Misconduct allegations ‘heartbreaking’

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NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 18: Author Garrison Keillor attends the annual Moth Ball literary and charity event at Capitale November 18, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Will Ragozzino/Getty Images)

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.”

Thile also announced that the show’s name has been changed to “Town Hall.”

Minnesota Public Radio, the parent company of the show’s distributor, 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.