“Best in Show” actor Fred Willard hit the news this week in some, well, unfortunate circumstances.
From Friday’s Boston Globe (link removed):
Fred Willard arrested
Actor Fred Willard was arrested Wednesday [!] on suspicion of committing a lewd act at a Hollywood adult theater. Los Angeles police said officers were conducting a routine investigation of the theater and saw Willard engaged in a lewd act.
That turned into “Worst in Show” for WGBH. From Friday’s Boston Herald:
WGBH, which produces the “Market Warriors” show, terminated the comedian after Willard was charged with “lewd conduct” by undercover LAPD cops who allegedly caught the actor with his pants down in the Tiki Theater.
“Given the unfortunate news reported (yesterday), effective immediately Fred Willard no longer will be involved with the ‘Market Warriors’ series,” said Jeanne Hopkins, a spokesgal for Boston’s Channel 2.
The 70-something Willard was the narrator for “Market Warriors,” described as a cross between “The Amazing Race” and “Antiques Roadshow.”
To recap: The Herald was a full news cycle ahead of the Globe on this story.
Which seems totally appropriate.
P.S. Friday’s New York Times also beat the Globe like a rug:
Fred Willard Loses PBS Job After Arrest
The fallout has been swift for the actor and comedian Fred Willard, who was arrested in Hollywood on Wednesday night on a charge of lewd conduct. PBS said Thursday that Mr. Willard had lost his job as the wisecracking narrator of its new show “Market Warriors.” On Monday, PBS introduced the first of 20 episodes of this “Antiques Roadshow” spinoff, which pits professional antiques pickers in a competition to spot the best bargain.
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.
To recap: Everybody was a full news cycle ahead of the Globe on this story.
Before you splendid readers start berating the hardworking staff of IGTLTDT – no, it doesn’t matter.
It’s just interesting.
(Editor’s Note: All quotes from dead-tree editions of the papers.)