Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty?!
Actor Fred Willard, best known for his roles in movies like Best in Show and TV programs including Everybody Loves Raymond, was arrested last Wednesday after allegedly performing a lewd act in an adult theater. He hasn't been convicted of anything yet, but that didn't seem to matter to PBS. They've not only fired him as host of their show Market Warriors, according to ABC News, but have already found his replacement in Antiques Roadshow host Mark Walberg!
PBS released a statement saying that their decision to fire Fred is effective immediately. “It’s something we felt was important to decide, and given the trust of our audiences, we wanted to move forward,” said Jeanne Hopkins of WGBH, the PBS station that produces the show.
Meanwhile, Fred is vehemently denying the charges against him. “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,” said Paul Takakjian, Fred's lawyer. If Fred ended up being found guilty, he should absolutely be fired from the show. It does surprise us though that PBS didn't even wait for a ruling, let alone a court hearing, before deciding to get rid of him!
Do you think PBS should have waited until after the trial before deciding whether or not to fire Fred?
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