PBS Series Drops Fred Willard After His Arrest on Suspicion of Engaging in a Lewd Act
“Given the unfortunate news reported today, effective immediately Fred Willard will no longer be involved with the Market Warriors series,” the president of PBS station WGBH, which produces the program, said in a statement to ABC News. “It’s something we felt was important to decide, and given the trust of our audiences, we wanted to move forward.”
Antiques Roadshow host Mark Walberg will take on voice duties for Willard’s episodes.
Meanwhile, though ABC has yet to officially comment on its plans for unaired, pre-taped episodes of its Willard-hosted summer series Trust Us With Your Life, it is believed they will air as planned.
Willard, best known for his work in the Christopher Guest films but also a recent guest star on TV series including The Closer and Modern Family, was picked up by police at a Hollywood adult theater for performing what the LAPD described as a lewd act. The actor’s lawyer countered in a statement, “[O]ur belief is that Fred did nothing in any violation of any law. We will be working vigorously to clear his name in this matter.”
Willard has yet to be convicted of an offense.