People might be obsessed with the personal lives of celebrities, but until earlier this week, I highly doubt many wondered what Fred Willard does on his off days. Having worked regularly for more than forty years, almost exclusively in supporting roles, the seventy-two-year-old comedian became a face most people recognized but not a name strangers would often reference in conversations. And then he got busted for allegedly touching his penis in an adult theater, fired from his job as narrator of PBS’ Market Warriors and offered a free computer from YouPorn.
The LA Prosecutor has already announced if Willard completes a two-week course he won’t be charged, and those involved with his future projects have mostly announced his arrest will have no affect on airdates or scheduling. As we all know, however, the success or failure of an actor is most often won and lost based on public opinion. Thanks to his roles in films like Anchorman and Best In Show, Willard was always a hit with fans. Now, it’s unclear whether his arrest will change that perception.
Personally, my opinion remains completely unchanged. I think he should get the Internet and be a little more careful, but this situation will not affect whether or not I laugh at his jokes. Clearly, PBS felt like it would affect perceptions though or the channel wouldn’t have fired him. What do you think? Did Fred’s arrest change how you view him? Let us know your thoughts by voting in the poll below…
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