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PBS fires Fred Willard after arrest

Actor Fred Willard, the original narrator of PBS' Market Warriors, has been dropped from the show after being arrested in Hollywood on suspicion of committing a lewd act in public.
July 20, 2012

Actor Fred Willard, the original narrator of PBS’ new Antiques Roadshow spin-off Market Warriors, has been dropped from the show after being arrested in Hollywood for alleged lewd conduct.

Jeanne Hopkins, a spokeswoman for WGBH, confirmed the firing to The New York Times yesterday, saying, “Given the unfortunate news reported today, effective immediately, Fred Willard no longer will be involved with the Market Warriors series.”

On July 16, PBS premiered the first episode of the Antiques Roadshow spin-off, produced by WGBH.

Mark Walberg, the host of Antiques Roadshow, will re-voice the episodes that Willard had already taped.

Willard is a veteran actor and comedian who has appeared in such comedies as Anchorman, Best in Show and A Mighty Wind. He was arrested on Wednesday evening (July 18) at a Hollywood adult theater on suspicion of committing a lewd act in public.

In a statement to the Los Angeles Times, Willard’s lawyer, Paul Takakjian, said, “We will be working vigourously to clear his name in this matter.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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