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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
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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