Fred Willard continues to have a bad month. The ABC television network has decided to cancel the airing of the last two original episodes of his improv show Trust Us With Your Life after the uproar over his arrest for lewd conduct two weeks ago.
Reruns of Wipeout show be broadcast in the Tuesday evening time slot instead. Trust Us With Your Life was hardly setting the world on fire in terms of ratings, however, making ABC’s programming decision fairly easy. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show “hit a 0.6 rating with adults 18-49 last week and drew only 1.83 million viewers, making it the lowest-rated broadcast the network aired all summer.”
Fred Willard was arrested on July 18 with his pants allegedly down in Hollywood’s Tiki Theater, an adult venue. Los Angeles authorities have deferred prosecution to enable Willard to undergo counseling instead.
Immediately following his arrest, PBS fired Willard as host/narrator of the show Market Warriors, which was a spin-off of Antiques Roadshow.
The 72-year-old comedic actor is best known for his work in Anchorman and Best in Show and on TV in Modern Family and Everybody Loves Raymond (for which he received Emmy nominations) among many other roles.
Willard recently appeared on the Jimmy Fallon’s talk show and admitted he was embarrassed about the whole incident but claimed he did nothing wrong. Watch the interview in which he jokes with Fallon about his arrest as well as promoting the improv show which ABC pulled from its lineup shortly thereafter:
Did you ever hear of Trust Us With Your Life, let alone watch it?