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Film & TV Actor Fred Willard Arrested For Lewd Conduct, Fired By PBS

Fred Willard

It hasn't been a good week for prolific comic actor Fred Willard. Over his 40 year career, Willard has played hilarious parts in such films as Best In Show, Anchorman, and a Mighty Wind, and TV shows such as Roseanne, Modern Family, and Married With Children. Unfortunately for Fred, the circumstances he found himself in earlier this week are no laughing matter.

Willard was literally caught with his pants down at an "adult" movie theater, in a manner that brings back memories of Paul Reubens' arrest in the early 90's. He was then taken into police custody, due to his alleged committing of a "lewd act" in a public place. Or I guess technically, a private business that happens to be open to the public.

It got even worse for Willard the following day, as PBS fired him from his role as narrator of the Antiques Roadshow spin-off Market Warriors. When asked for comment, PBS executives stated that they wanted to avoid any unnecessary "distractions" the the production. Willard also currently hosts the improv comedy/celebrity chat show Trust Us With Your Life on ABC, but there is no danger of him being fired there, as the first season has already completed filming. ABC has yet to comment on whether he would be brought back to host should a second season be picked up.

Willard did receive some good news when he appeared in court on Friday, as the prosecutor in the case has agreed not to press criminal charges, provided the actor pays for and completes a pre-filing diversionary program. So, at least Ron Burgundy's former boss doesn't have to face jail time. Although, I'd think Ron would advise that he lay low for awhile.

Was PBS right to fire Fred Willard? Should ABC follow their lead?

Sources: EW.com and The LA Times


Details
Person:
- Fred Willard
Show:
- Trust Us with Your Life
- Market Warriors
Network:
- PBS
- ABC

Written by: Michael Stevenson
Jul 21st, 2012, 11:34 am

Anonymous

Message Posted On Jul 24th, 2012, 3:03 pm
Freddie should have rented a porn movie and taken it home, no cops there? Correct LOL
Anonymous

Message Posted On Jul 22nd, 2012, 12:28 pm
Ha, he said 'jerk'
Anonymous

Message Posted On Jul 22nd, 2012, 4:05 am
"Liberal TV" ? It seems more of a conservative decision , but hey, what ever right wing ass wipes need to say to make them selves feel better. Why do people need to insert political bias into this story?
msd85
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Message Posted On Jul 22nd, 2012, 2:16 am

I refrained from including my opinion on the matter in the actual article, but now that it seems to be everyone else's view as well, I'll chime in my agreement with the consensus. What do people think is happening in a porno theater? Games of parcheesi? Surely there are better things for cops to do with their time than stake out porn theaters, in search of horny old men.

tt4079

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Since: 25/Dec/09
Message Posted On Jul 21st, 2012, 6:45 pm

So he knocked one out at a porn theatre. What else you going to do there? Knit a jumper? Police want to go after real criminals

tinalessia

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Since: 12/Oct/07
Message Posted On Jul 21st, 2012, 4:45 pm

Ruined PeeWee's career, hope it doesn't turn out bad for Fred. Who really cares what the heck was happening inside a triple x theater. No victims here except Fred.

Anonymous

Message Posted On Jul 21st, 2012, 3:56 pm
PBS should rehire him. The police should be doing more productive things with their time, what a waste of taxpayer money.
Anonymous

Message Posted On Jul 21st, 2012, 12:03 pm
Has he been convicted of anything????? I think NOT! What ever happened to 'presumed innocent"?? Freakin' knee-jerk liberal TV media.
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