Actor/comedian Fred Willard was arrested last week while allegedly engaging in a lewd act at the Tiki triple-X Theater in Hollywood. He will avoid a criminal trial if he completes a diversion program. At this point, there is only one thing he can do… damage control.
L.A. Police were doing a routine sweep of an adult movie theater in Hollywood and found Willard, 72, alone and engaging in an unspecified lewd act. (Apparently, he was pleasuring himself.) He was arrested on suspicion of committing a lewd act and charged and released overnight.
Willard commented during an appearance Thursday on Jimmy Fallon’s NBC show “Late Night.”
“It’s the last time I’m going to listen to my wife when she says, `Why don’t you go and see a movie?”‘
The 72-year-old actor and Fallon cracked racy jokes about possible titles for the movie that might have been playing when Willard was arrested on July 18th.
“This must be tough,” Fallon said, when that comedy bit curled up and died.
“It’s embarrassing as hell,” Willard agreed. But then remembered his script and said, “Nothing happened. I did nothing wrong. Everything’s being sorted out as we speak. I have great respect for authorities – when we need a policeman, god bless them, they’re there.”
Willard was arrested during what has been described as a routine patrol of the place by the police.
“You’re a good man,” Fallon told Willard, adding, “You’re one of my favorites, so you can come to our show and do whatever the heck you want. Except for certain things.”
Then Fallon began to interview Willard about his “new” ABC show. That’s when the comedy really began. Both men agreed to pretend he was there to plug a new show, which turned out to be his ABC sketch comedy series, which is already well into its run. It’s called “Trust Us With Your Life.” Willard’s the host.
“I want to talk about your new show,” Fallon said. “This sounds like something that’s right up your alley. You’re going to kill it.”
Willard described the show. They showed a clip. The clip was funny. Willard was not in the clip.
“That is genius!” Fallon gushed. “That is going to be a great show!”
Source: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Washington Post