Fred Willard was reportedly fired from the PBS Show Market Warriors Thursday evening, within hours of his being arrested by the LAPD and charged
The PBS Show is already working on a new version of the show now that Fred Willard, 78, has gotten the boot, TMZ reported Thursday. And as of 5:00 p.m. EST, there were no photographs or videos and no mention of the actor on the official PBS website for the show.
The character actor, known for his memorable roles in comedic films like Best In Show and Anchorman, was arrested on lewd conduct charges last night in Hollywood after vice cops allegedly saw him with his pants down and his penis in his hand as he sat in an adult movie theater, the gossip site wrote.
Undercover LAPD vice officers with the LAPD arrested Fred Willard after allegedly witnessing him engaged in the lewd conduct around 8:46 p.m. Wednesday, TMZ reported.
Fred Willard's reported firing from PBS comes despite the fact that he claims that he is entirely innocent and that he will be exonerated of all charges, according to a statement his lawyer, Paul Takakjian, sent toTMZ:
With all due respect to the individual officer, our belief is that Fred did nothing in any violation of any law, the statement said. We will be working vigorously to clear his name in this matter.
Despite the denials, the charges stand, as Willard was allegedly patronizing the Tiki Theater in Hollywood when the vice cops allegedly caught him with his pants down and his penis in his hand, TMZ reported.
The site added that there were three possible pornographic films playing at the time Fred Willard was allegedly in the theater: Follow Me 2, Step Dad No. 2 or an adult film parody of the show The Client List.