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Fred Willard’s TV Show Canceled

Submitted by on August 3, 2012 – 11:12 pm Comments

fred smilingFred Willard’s latest TV show has been canceled.  ABC has pulled the last two episodes of “Trust Us with Your Life.” This move comes two weeks after Willard was arrested for lewd conduct in an adult movie theater. This is the second cut that has been made following the incident. The 72 year old actor had already been let go as the narrator of the PBS series, “Market Warriors.”

Last week Willard appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and insisted he had done nothing wrong, though he did admit he was embarrassed. From what I’ve read, Willard was caught ‘red handed’ so to speak. I’m not sure why he thinks he did nothing wrong. But according to Willard’s attorney, Paul Takakjian mentioned in a statement to The Times that the actor “did nothing in any violation of any law,” and that they will be working “vigorously to clear his name in this matter.”

The Los Angeles City Attorney’s office has said that Willard is eligible for a diversion program that will help drop the lewd conduct charges if he completes certain courses. This is not the first arrest of this type for the “Best in Show” actor. In an announcement made after the arrest, the L.A. Prosecutor mentioned that Willard had been arrested in 1990 on lewd conduct charges, but did not give any more details on the prior arrest.

Willard is not the first, nor the last celebrity to be caught in this type of situation. In 1995, Hugh Grant was arrested after picking up a prostitute and later being caught in “the act” with the prostitute, Divine Borwn. The charges only cost the “About a Boy” star a little over a thousand dollars. Only three years after that, George Michael was arrested in a public bathroom in Beverly Hills when an officer caught him engaged in a lewd act. Michael plead no contest, was fined, and also sentenced to 80 hours of community service. Eddie fred in shockMurphy was pulled over in 1997 while he was being a “good Samaritan” and giving a ride to a transsexual prostitute. Yeah… Sure.

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One of the most famous cases of celebrities caught in lewd acts was that of Paul Reubens, better known as Pee-wee Herman. In July of 1991 Reubens was caught masturbating in an adult theater in Sarasota, Florida and was arrested. He also pled no contest and was given 75 hours of community service.

The specific theater in question, The Tiki Theater, has been inspected over 40 times since last November. 23 arrests have been made during those inspections. Ironically, or maybe not so ironically, Willard’s newest project is a movie entitled, “The Yank.” The movie is about an Irish American who travels home to Ireland to find love.

Keaven Neely

Keaven is a stay at home mother of two little girls. She writes her blog This Mama Is Crazy and also sells her arts and crafts on her Etsy site. Writer of “The No BS Zone”

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