The Public Broadcast Service has freed its Willie.
Shortly after news broke that Fred Willard was arrested for lewd conduct at a Los Angeles adult theater, PBS has nixed the actor from its squeaky clean slate. The network fired Willard from its new show “Market Warriors.”
A report from the New York Times confirms the news.
“Given the unfortunate news reported today, effective immediately, Fred Willard no longer will be involved with the ‘Market Warriors’ series,” a spokesperson for Boston public broadcast station WGBH told the source.
Willard acted as a narrator with a comedic touch for the show.
According to TMZ, in addition to the firing PBS will not show any unaired episodes featuring the actor moving forward. Instead, they will rebrand and repackage what they already have.
“Market Warriors” takes the traditional format of its long running hit “Antiques Roadshow” and adds fresher (aka younger) cast of treasure hunting experts in the vain History Channel’s “American Pickers.” The show premiered on July 16.
Willard was arrested on Wednesday night for lewd conduct. The American Wedding actor was allegedly caught with his pants down at the Tiki Theater in Hollywood when police stopped by for a standard penis check.
Hollyscoop previously confirmed the story with the theater’s manager, Kazi Jafor.
"The police were just doing a routine check-in,” he said. “They come in often.”
According to the employee, Willard was watching a film with four other patrons. The lewd conduct he was allegedly partaking in is strictly prohibited by the theater and the law.
"They police brought him outside. One of the officers said they should let him go, but they did not,” Jafor continued. "He was very upset."