Fred Willard arrested for lewd conduct in a porn theater, loses PBS job

Fred Willard attends pre-reception for "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on July 9.

Comedic actor Fred Willard was arrested in Los Angeles on Wednesday night for lewd conduct in an adult movie theater in Hollywood, Los Angeles police said on Thursday.

Willard, 72, known for his roles in films such as “This Is Spinal Tap” and “Best In Show” as well as an Emmy Award-winning turn in the TV series “Everybody Loves Raymond,” was booked for lewd conduct and later released, said a police department spokesman, who declined to detail the conduct.

Celebrity website TMZ reported Willard was caught by police watching movies with his pants down, but that could not be confirmed. A spokesman for Willard said he had no comment.

Willard is a veteran comedic actor who has appeared in more than 200 films over a long career, and he currently is starring in a new improv TV show “Trust Us With Your Life,” on ABC.

UPDATE:
Wha’ hoppin’d? Willard has apparently lost his job on PBS’ “Market Warriors.” From the New York Times:

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.

If you didn’t know already: If you want to masturbate, you really should wait until you get home.


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