PBS has moved quickly to distance itself from funnyman Fred Willard, who was arrested last night at the Tiki Theater in Hollywood when police found him alone and "engaging in a lewd act."
PBS said Willard has lost his job as the wisecracking narrator of its new show Market Warriors.
On Monday, PBS introduced the first of 20 episodes of the Warriors show, an Antiques Roadshow spinoff pitting 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, told the New York Times, "Given the unfortunate news reported today, effective immediately, Fred Willard no longer will be involved with the Market Warriors series."
But Willard's lawyer, Paul Takajian, has just issued a statement to Lifeline Live, saying he plans to fight the charges. "With all do respect to the individual officer, it's our belief that Fred did nothing in any violation of any law. We will be working vigorously to clear his name in this matter."