PBS: PLEASE DON’T FIRE FRED WILLARD FROM MARKET WARRIORS!

How can you NOT feel bad about Fred Willard’s embarrassing arrest at the X-rated Tiki Theater in Hollywood? An officer apprehended the Best in Show comic for allegedly exposing himself in the dark porn theater and he was hauled off to jail. Really. While we don’t condone such behavior, we’d rather see police officers tend to more important matters. This is a harmless man in his seventies who appears to have made a stupid decision and didn’t hurt anyone else. And he’s been making us laugh for decades. Give him a break! The humiliation and a stern lecture should be more than enough punishment. PBS should NOT fire him from his hosting job on Market Warriors.

Posted by Janet on July 19, 2012

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  1. By yoyo
    On July 19, 2012 at

    Yanking the dog, getting caught & having it all over the world wide web is punishment enough. Couldn’t he just have watched porn at home?

  2. By Walt Cliff
    On July 19, 2012 at

    I highly suspect that he was just showing some person his swollen johnson and seeing if they had a remedy for making that swelling go down. lol

    Is it a gay club?

  3. By Dragonfly
    On July 19, 2012 at

    The face is familiar but I am not familiar with any show he is on. From what I read, he broke the law. He gave a black eye to PBS which has a certain reputation and they should have fired him.

  4. By Christine India
    On July 19, 2012 at

    Fred should compare notes with Paul Rubens (PeeWee Herman)………and see how he ummmmm handled it. lol

  5. By Walt Cliff
    On July 19, 2012 at

    @yoyo
    I am sure he could have entertained himself at home. lol However, I suspect he was looking for some human touch…..so to speak.

  6. By Pippa Martin-St Onge
    On July 19, 2012 at

    What a disgusting creep.

  7. By Patrick
    On July 19, 2012 at

    He got busted doing what people do in those dark places. Cut him some slack.
    He wasn’t watching Mary Poppins in the corner, family, theatre.
    And he’s very funny.
    Think Fernwood 2Nite.

  8. By Bu
    On July 19, 2012 at

    Leave him alone! He did nothing wrong We are all sexual beings! sheesh! PBS is wrong…

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  10. By Dragonfly
    On July 19, 2012 at

    He did nothing wrong? Last time I checked, you can’t expose yourself in public and a movie theater (even an adult one) is still considered a public place. He should have asked someone to go to a more private place with him.

  11. By Erika K
    On July 19, 2012 at

    An adult, in an adults only theatre, at night. What was he supposed to be doing ? Bad judgement certainly, but a crime ? nah …

    We live north of LA, on the water’s edge, and yesterday we watched as a local policeman chase someone down the beach for being naked.

    He was faster than the officer and he just kept running while his pursuer had to stop to get his breath, and then he just laughed, and we gave him a cold one, and chatted.

    He was a nice fellow and exactly the kind of intelligent cop we need around here, and he recognized I think, that sometimes the best solution is to just do nothing.

    and I think this is the case here too. A victimless crime, in a dark porno theatre … jeez, while Rome burns …

  12. By forrest gump
    On July 19, 2012 at

    he’s innocent.
    ……HE JUST SUFFERS ALZHEIMER, folks!!

  13. By Rebecca G. Wilson
    On July 19, 2012 at

    I sat next to Fred Willard at a Broadway Play years ago and he was perfectly well behaved! He’s 72 years old for crying out loud. Give Fred a break! PBS, don’t fire him and he was so brilliant in BEST IN SHOW!

  14. By Winston Taylor
    On July 19, 2012 at

    Dear PBS: I met Mr. Willard at Crawdaddy Magazine’s birthday party in L.A. in 1978;a band I worked with were the entertainment. Fred, who’d never heard us, became an instant fan and even came to the next night’s gig at the Whiskey A Go-Go. We were thrilled. I’ve been a fan of his ever since I 1st saw him in “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman” and “Fernwood 2Nite.” Anyway, my only point is that he is really a decent man who apparently made a bad decision. At least it wasn’t a DUI or a crime against another person. I’m a big fan of both PBS and NPR and I earnestly hope you not punish him any further. I thought you were better than that. Sincerely, Winston Taylor

  15. By True disbeliever
    On July 19, 2012 at

    Get serious, Janet. He should have been jerking off at home. Anyone who does this in a public place has a problem and this is probably one-millionth of what he’s really about. He deserves to lose his career and be the target of jokes forever. He blew it, just like Paul Ruebens did. And Ruebens went on to get busted for kid porn. Stop defending sex creeps.

  16. By dark sided
    On July 19, 2012 at

    C’mon,Janet!He is disgusting,vile old perv. and as a previous poster said should have been jerking off at home.Good for PBS for firing this creep.

  17. By Strom
    On July 20, 2012 at

    Fred, Pewee, Hillary, Ellen, Oprah, Queen Latifah, John T, Jenny Shimizu, Sam Ronson, Joan Jett….all together in an adult movie theatre and beating off!

    Send them all to Gay Island!

    Fred was rightly fired on the spot by PBS…he can now spend more time at home or at the movies.

  18. By Strom
    On July 20, 2012 at

    Was it a Gay movie the Fred’ster was jiving too?

  19. By Christine India
    On July 20, 2012 at

    He may be getting senile.

    At the very least, he should get counseling. If this incident is just let go and if he ever does it again and a child is nearby, he won’t be let off.

  20. By lippp
    On July 20, 2012 at

    Well, you have to hand it to Willard, it seems he got himself into a prickly situation, if you ask me.

  21. By lippp
    On July 20, 2012 at

    Now every time I go to a theater, I will always think of Willard during the coming attractions, if you get my drift.

  22. By Walt Cliff
    On July 20, 2012 at

    per wikipedia

    “In March 2004, child pornography charges were dropped.

    For the next three years he had to register his address with the sheriff’s office and could not be in the company of minors without their parents’ permission.[25] Reubens later stated that he was a collector of erotica, including films, muscle magazines and a sizable collection of mostly homosexual vintage erotica,[1] such as photographic studies of teen nudes.[25] Reubens claimed that what the city attorney’s office viewed as pornography, he considered to be innocent art and that what they described as people underage engaged in masturbation or oral copulation was in fact a judgmental point of view of the nudes that Reubens described as people “one hundred percent not” performing sexual acts.[25]

    Being a big collector, Reubens had often bought in bulk, with one of his vintage magazines dealers declaring that “there’s no way” he could have known the content of each page in the publications he bought and that he recalled Reubens asking for “physique magazines, vintage 1960s material, but not things featuring kids”.

    He spent the next two years caring for his terminally ill father in Florida, who died in February 2004 of cancer.”

  23. By Strom
    On July 20, 2012 at

    Fred “the Wanker” Willard:

    So you think it is ok for a PBS host to be wanking it in a public place? If Fred needs “relief” send him to an Asian massage parlor, staffed by illegals and they will be all over him for a few $$$$.

    By Rebecca G. Wilson

    “On July 19, 2012 at

    I sat next to Fred Willard at a Broadway Play years ago and he was perfectly well behaved! He’s 72 years old for crying out loud. Give Fred a break! PBS, don’t fire him and he was so brilliant in BEST IN SHOW!”

  24. By Walt Cliff
    On July 20, 2012 at

    JERRY: Why what happened?

    ELAINE: Let’s see, (thinking) how shall I put this.

    JERRY: Just put it.

    ELAINE: He took it out.

    JERRY: (confused) He what?

    ELAINE: He took (blows on her glasses twice to clean them) it out.

    JERRY: He took what out?

    ELAINE: It.

    JERRY: He took It, Out?

    ELAINE: Yessiree Bob.

    JERRY: He couldn’t.

    ELAINE: He did.

    JERRY: (motions of making out) Well you were involved in some sort of amorous…

    ELAINE: Noooo.

    JERRY: You mean he just

    ELAINE: Yes.

    JERRY: Are you sure?

    ELAINE: Oh quite.

    JERRY: There was no mistaking it?

    ELAINE: (looks straight into his eyes) Jerry.

    JERRY: So you were talking, (Elaine makes an agreement sound “mmm”) you’re having pleasant conversation, (Elaine makes an agreement sound “mmm”) then all of sudden…

    ELAINE: Yea.

    JERRY: It.

    ELAINE: It.

    JERRY: Out.

    ELAINE: Out.

  25. By Patrick
    On July 20, 2012 at

    Oh come on who hasn’t pulled out their gear in a movie theatre at least once in their lives I ask you? It’s like playing with a toy car…or motorcycle. When there’s a car chase on most guys have it out and are steering it left and right to the direction the cars are going on the street. It’s what men do at the movies. Right, Walt?!

  26. By missyco
    On July 20, 2012 at

    Isn’t that why they have “those” places? What does the law think people are going there for? What doe they think people are going to do? I think this will make Fred even more beloved by all!

  27. By Walt Cliff
    On July 20, 2012 at

    @Patrick
    LOL! Your a mess kid. :) I’ve never felt the need or desire to expose my body in a movie theatre (not even with an Ann-Margret movie). lol

    However, I’ve done my best a time or two as an amorous young punk to try and encourage a drive-in hottie to remove her cumbersome low neck sweater. lol :)

  28. By Denise
    On July 20, 2012 at

    I think that as we unfortunately learned today, more horrifying things can happen in movie theatres.

  29. By Christine India
    On July 20, 2012 at

    Ladies and Gentlemen:

    I re-read my comment and I think it is succint, wise, to-the-point, and the bottom line in this wee-wee incident. :)

    Thank you.

  30. By Christine India
    On July 20, 2012 at

    Ooops, that should be…….succinct

  31. By Strom
    On July 20, 2012 at

    Fred, Pewee, Hillary, Ellen, Oprah, Queen Latifah, John T, Jenny Shimizu, Sam Ronson, Joan Jett….all together in an adult movie theatre and beating off!

    All the gays should be sent to GAY Island.

  32. By mish mash
    On July 20, 2012 at

    Where else are you supposed to beat off? It’s a porn house for God’s sake, what did they think people are going to do? Cut him some slack, he hurt no one. Leave Fred alone.

  33. By dandilion
    On July 20, 2012 at

    He’s too old and successful to do these freaky things.. lucky he got caught on a small charge before he was arrested for serious crimes..

  34. By Hilary
    On July 20, 2012 at

    Somehow,after today, jerking off in a theatre is very, very tame…

  35. By Sezso
    On July 20, 2012 at

    This is beyond stupid. What do you think porn theaters are for? The whole purpose of them is to whack your meat! He’s 72 years old, do you really think he can get it any other way? It’s not like he was in a public park doing it in front of kids, he was in a restricted environment far removed from the public. Gimme a break! The cops have better things to do!!!

  36. By Strom
    On July 21, 2012 at

    If you look at all the reviews on the Tiki you will see it is only a gathering place for perverts. Fred must qualify and was caught beating his old meat so he deserves to be fired…but looks like he will use the medical excuse to avoid anything else.

  37. By Strom
    On July 21, 2012 at

    Looks like Fred isn’t a virgin in respect for being charged as a pervert previously:

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/07/fred-willard-had-earlier-lewd-conduct-arrest-la-prosecutors-say.html

  38. By sandy
    On July 21, 2012 at

    I say give the guy a break. Shouldn’t we at least be applauding the fact that he can still get an erection at 72? Shouldn’t he earn points for that?

  39. By Strom
    On July 22, 2012 at

    As much as that might excite you, nowhere in the report did it mention Fred was ‘erect”. It only said he was pumping it. Maybe Fred was in the Tiki attempting to get it to stand up on its own.

    FW = pervert

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    On July 26, 2012 at

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