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Fred Willard: Porn Movie Was 'Boring,' Arrest Was 'Embarrassing as Hell'

Brian To/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- On Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Thursday night, comic Fred Willard addressed his July 19 lewd conduct arrest at a Los Angeles porn theater.

Willard, a veteran of comedies like Best in Show and This Is Spinal Tap, began the interview with a joke, asking Jimmy Fallon, "What do you want to talk about first?" before saying of the arrest, "Let me say this: That's the last time I'm gonna listen to my wife when she says, 'Why don't you go see a movie?'" 

He also joked that the film was boring, and the theater was a good place to take a nap.

Willard again asserted nothing inappropriate happened -- as the arresting officer claimed -- and that the situation is "being sorted out."  The comic admitted the whole situation was, "embarrassing as hell," adding, "It's very painful but I'm trying to laugh it off."

The arrest got Willard fired from the PBS show Market Warriors, but he still currently hosts the ABC improv comedy show Trust Us with Your Life.

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Fred Willard: Lewd Conduct Incident Was 'Much More PG'

Brian To/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Actor Fred Willard is commenting online about his arrest for alleged lewd conduct at an adult movie theater in Hollywood, Calif., last Wednesday night, according to 

He tweeted on Monday, "Wait til u hear my version; much more PG & my review, lousy film, but theater would make a terrific racquetball court. Full story 2 follow."

The 72-year-old actor was fired by PBS as the voice of Market Warriors after the alleged incident, but he remains host of the ABC improv show Trust Us with Your Life

He wrote, "I was not fired from TUWYL, so B sure 2 watch."

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office announced on Friday that Willard will not be facing jail time in connection with his arrest on lewd conduct charges, and is eligible to enroll in a “pre-filing diversion program.”

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PBS Says It Had to Move 'Fast' After Fred Willard Arrest

Brian To/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- The head of PBS said the network had to make a quick decision about removing Fred Willard as the narrator of its Market Warriors series following his arrest for alleged lewd conduct.

Speaking at the Television Critics Association’s summer season press tour in Los Angeles on Saturday, PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger said, “We actually needed to move fast because we’re taping now.  It’s a new series, and our concern really is that [Willard’s] circumstance would become a distraction to the series, which we’re hoping will have an ongoing presence on public television.”

PBS has tapped Antiques Roadshow host Mark Wahlberg to re-narrate the Market Warriors episodes Willard had already taped.  Wahlberg's new voiceover will begin with the second episode of Market Warriors, which airs Monday.

On Friday, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office announced that Willard will not be facing jail time in connection with his arrest on lewd conduct charges last Wednesday at the Tiki Theater in L.A.

Spokesman Frank Mateljan said Willard is eligible to enroll in a “pre-filing diversion program” in lieu of a criminal filing. 

Mateljan told reporters, “I want to stress that this was and is a filable case, and should the defendant choose not to enroll or not complete the program, we have the option of filing criminal charges within a year.”

Mateljan said if the comic actor completes the diversion program, the District Attorney “will consider the matter closed.”

The office also revealed on Friday that Willard had been arrested in 1990 on lewd conduct charges, but it did not provide details about the case or the manner in which it was disposed.

Willard’s attorney on Thursday insisted that his client did nothing wrong at the Tiki Theater.

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Fred Willard Dropped from PBS Show After Arrest

Brian To/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Actor Fred Willard has been dropped from the PBS show Market Warriors after his arrest in Hollywood Wednesday evening.  Los Angeles police said they picked him up at an adult theater, performing what was described as a lewd act.

“Given the unfortunate news reported today, effective immediately Fred Willard will no longer be involved with the Market Warriors series,” said Jeanne Hopkins of WGBH, the PBS station that produces the show, in a statement to ABC News.

Mark Walberg, who hosts Antiques Roadshow, will be now be the voice on Willard’s episodes, Hopkins said.

The decision to drop Willard came less than a day after the arrest. Willard has not been tried or convicted of an offense.

“It’s something we felt was important to decide, and given the trust of our audiences, we wanted to move forward,” Hopkins said.

Hollywood vice officers were conducting a routine inspection at an adult theater shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday when they found the Anchorman star engaged in a lewd act, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Willard was arrested and taken to Hollywood station where he was booked and released.

“With all due respect to the individual officer, our belief is that Fred did nothing in any violation of any law.  We will be working vigorously to clear his name in this matter,” Willard’s lawyer, Paul Takakjian, said in a statement to ABC News.

Willard is known for his role as the announcer in the film Best in Show.

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Veteran Comic Actor Fred Willard Arrested

Brian To/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Veteran comic actor Fred Willard was arrested in Hollywood Wednesday night for what TMZ reports was lewd behavior -- specifically, being caught with his pants down in an adult movie theater.

The LAPD Hollywood Division arrest report obtained by ABC News states that Willard, 78, was booked on an unspecified misdemeanor charge at 9:53 p.m. local time and released on $500 bond.  No court date has apparently been set.

TMZ reports Willard was apprehended in the Tiki Theater with his genitalia exposed.

Willard is best known for his roles in the films This Is Spinal Tap, Best in Show and Anchorman, as well as Emmy-nominated recurring roles in Everybody Loves Raymond and ABC's Modern Family.

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