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July 19, 2012 4:59 PM
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Fred Willard Fired From PBS's 'Market Warriors' Following Lewd Conduct Arrest

Host Fred Willard and guest Jerry Springer on ABC's 'Trust Us With Your Life' Nick Ray
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.

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16 Comments

  • Mow | April 8, 2013 12:17 PMReply

    Yea the guy may be a pervert, but that's all you got in Hollywood and TV and most of the pseudo News shows (CNN, MSNBC and the local stuff in San Francisco and LA) . Nothing on TV worth watching (most of it is sub-intellect) and Hollywood movies stink. Haven't been to one since the Titanic!

  • Jerry | April 8, 2013 10:52 AMReply

    CNN's Richard Quest, he mostly does international business reports, was arrested in NYC's Central Park in April 2008. The park closes at 11PM. He was confronted by police at about 1 am with a cord around his neck attached to his penis. When he was searched police found a bag of methamphetamine. His car trunk contained various sex toys. The openly gay Quest was never fired by CNN. CNN never reported on the incident and Quest continues his high paying job at CNN.

  • whocares | April 8, 2013 1:14 AMReply

    Who frickin cares- id hire him to narrate my show just for the additional looky-loo tv viewers and extra ratings he will fetch because of his ridiculous behavior.

  • Pennywhistler | April 8, 2013 10:39 AM

    That's because you are a who-frickin-cares kind of guy. And we are forced to live with you and drive near you.

  • anonymous1234 | April 7, 2013 4:51 PMReply

    And that's done on public TV not in privacy what a world we live in today!

  • anonymous1234 | April 7, 2013 4:50 PMReply

    Really? And the stuff that has been on Jerry Springer isn't considered lewd conduct??!!

  • TIDE ferrari racing,palm beach,rebecca cummings. | April 7, 2013 3:01 PMReply

    Terrific,he was only doing reasearch for Penn States new church. "Our Lady of the Holy Pedifile Priest Churchs ALL BOYS Choir." TIDE ferrari racing, palm beach. wilma fingerdooo? P.S. Help stamp out Terminal Yeast Infections in Lady Lawyers !

  • Gary | April 6, 2013 9:49 AMReply

    I think it was Pew Wee Herman, in an inflatable,Fred Willard latex costume

  • GregG | April 5, 2013 4:32 PMReply

    Don't these people have homes they can go to or rent a room for the night, rather than mess up your career?

  • Matt | April 5, 2013 6:15 AMReply

    Oh no, Fred. Again?

  • Bill Blass | September 27, 2012 3:15 PMReply

    Just goes to show that old folks really do refuse to embrace technology. I guess Fred doesn't realize that he could stay in the comfort of his own home and rub one off if only he had an internet connection.

  • Chaim Paddaman | July 26, 2012 6:00 AMReply

    The arresting law enforcement officer's formal written statement of the incident and Willard's mastrubation attempt reads as follows; "Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into thin air. Sadly, the outcome did not have the effect that he had hoped for. The poor old bugger had no clue whether he was coming or going. It was the ultimate tear jerker." Bizarre sexual orientation disturbances such as paraphilia, necrophilia, pedophilia are common behavior in the Hollywood celebrity culture. What is the big deal here? Give Fred a break. Hoping to see Fred Willard and his former Roseanne co star " Big Bang Theory's" Johnny Galecki at the next Obama fundraising dinner.

  • Reagans Monkey | April 8, 2013 11:41 AM

    Har Har Mittens lost.

  • Mike | July 19, 2012 5:31 PMReply

    I guess he really DID screw himself!

  • kyle | April 4, 2013 11:55 PM

    No, Mike should not do comedy.

    A Democrat Senator, Republican Representative, and Supreme Court Justice all walk into a bar. The Bartender looks up and says "Oh hell, this has to be a joke!"

    Now, for humor, I'd say That's Incredible!

  • BW | September 26, 2012 11:39 AM

    Mike, you should do stand-up comedy. You're very funny.