Actor Fred Willard has been fired from his job with a new PBS show in the wake of his arrest in a Hollywood adult movie theater, reports Elizabeth Jensen in The New York Times.
As previously reported, Willard was arrested Wednesday night on a lewd conduct charge at the Tiki Theater after officers allegedly found him with his genitals exposed.
Willard commented on the arrest Thursday as he visited his lawyer’s office with his wife. TMZ.com reports that the actor said the incident was a "big misunderstanding" and that "it did not happen." Willard said he and the police had a "difference of opinion,” about what happened and added, “It’s all being straightened out.”
Willard will no longer narrate the new PBS show "Market Warriors," according to the Times story. PBS on Monday debuted the first of 20 episodes of the show, which is a spinoff of "Antiques Roadshow" and places professional antique hunters in a competitive bargain-hunting situation.
“Given the unfortunate news reported today, effective immediately, Fred Willard no longer will be involved with the ‘Market Warriors’ series," said Jeanne Hopkins, a spokeswoman for WGBH, the Boston public broadcaster that produces the program.
Instead, Mark Walberg, the host of "Antiques Roadshow," will re-voice the episodes that Willard has taped, according to the Times story.