Following his much punned-about arrest for lewd conduct in a Hollywood adult movie theater last night, 72-year-old comedic actor and Christopher Guest regular Fred Willard has been fired from his gig as the narrator of PBS’s new show “Market Warriors.”
The series, a spin-off of “Antiques Roadshow” that premiered this past Monday, pits four antiquing experts — Bob Richter, Kevin Bruneau, Miller Gaffney and John Bruno — against each other as they travel to different locations around the country and compete to see who can make the biggest profit by reselling at auction items they’ve purchased at flea markets and antique shows. Willard provided a wisecracking voiceover commentary on the action.
Or, at least, he did.
From the New York Times’ ArtsBeat blog:
Jeanne Hopkins, a spokeswoman for WGBH, the Boston public broadcaster that produces the show, said via e-mail, “Given the unfortunate news reported today, effective immediately, Fred Willard no longer will be involved with the ‘Market Warriors’ series.”
The host of “Antiques Roadshow,” Mark Walberg, will re-voice the episodes that Mr. Willard has already taped, Ms. Hopkins said.
Why Willard’s arrest disqualifies him from commenting on flea market purchases is not something the broadcaster chose to divulge.
Willard is also the host of ABC’s improv show “Trust Us with Your Life,” in which comedians Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie and Jonathan Mangum act out scenes from the lives of guest celebrities. “Trust Us with Your Life” premiered on July 10th and is currently airing — no word yet from ABC if the actor’s arrest is going to affect their plans for the series.