Wednesday night saw Fred Willard’s arrest for lewd conduct at an adult movie theater in L.A. The very next day the actor was booted off "Market Warriors" on PBS. Willard, 72, has not been legally convicted or found guilty of doing anything unlawful. His lawyer, Paul Takakjian, told TMZ, "With all due respect to the individual officer. Our 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 is famous for his voice over on "Market Warriors", which is an offshoot of the much-loved "Antiques Roadshow". For now, Mark Wahlberg, who hosts "Antiques Roadshow", will be taking over Willard’s role.
PBS' decision may have come too soon, as Willard has not been convicted of a crime yet. Willard has not denied being at the adult movie theater. The manager of the theater has also stated that the actor did nothing wrong.
L.A. city prosecutors remain indecisive whether to press charges against Willard, who was arrested during a routine inspection of the theater by the police.
Kazi Jafor, who is the manager of the theater, told E! Entertainment in an interview that Willard did not engage in any unlawful or lewd act during his visit.
This was not the first time that the theater had been inspected by police. A total of 40 police visits to the theater and 23 arrests had been reported since November 2011, according to Jafor.
With Willard getting fired by PBS, it is yet to be seen how this case proceeds. The opinion remains undivided with many saying this was the right thing to do, while some questioning PBS’ immediate announcement regarding firing Willard, as so far nothing has been proved.
Willard, a comedy actor, has worked in "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy", "This is Spinal Tap" and "Wall-E". He is known to be a multifaceted actor, who is not just a great comedian, but also a very good voice over artist. Willard is best known for his improvisational comedy skills.
In 2010, owing to his exceptional performance, he received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on the ABC TV series, "Modern Family".