ABC pulls Fred Willard's show from schedule
July 31st, 2012
12:00 PM ET

ABC pulls Fred Willard's show from schedule

They say that when it rains, it pours, and if that's the case Fred Willard may want to stand under an umbrella for a bit.

CNN's confirmed that the two remaining episodes of the actor/comedian’s improv show, "Trust Us With Your Life," have been pulled from the lineup at ABC.

The Hollywood Reporter notes that the program wasn't performing well in ratings.

It’s Willard's second time losing a job since his lewd conduct arrest at an adult movie theater in Los Angeles two weeks ago. As news of the 72-year-old's legal trouble circulated on July 19, PBS opted to remove Willard from his position as narrator of the show "Market Warriors."

In place of "Trust Us With Your Life,” ABC has said that it plans to air re-runs of one of its other shows, "Wipeout.”

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    September 7, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. outawork


    August 25, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. Chaim Paddaman

    Hoping to see Fred Willard and Johnny Galecki hosting the next Obama fundraising dinner. The President will be in such good hands.

    August 4, 2012 at 4:42 am | Report abuse |
  4. citizenUSA

    Come on, Fred's a funny guy and had been around for years. However, this show sucked like a Hoover. I tried to watch it but only lasted 5 minutes. Stupid premise. Your're better than that. Also, leave IT alone.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. lucyricardowannabe

    57 names now right?

    August 2, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ant

    who's the charlie daniels band..we have work to do.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. the band 5

    especially when the girlfriend cheats on him

    August 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. vito

    who cares.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. charlie daniels band

    i hate the charlie daniels band - boring.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Charlie Daniels Band

    Well I was born in Carolina
    Way back in the swamp
    I was a happy teenage boy
    until television came along
    Its showin them far away places
    and it sure was a b1tch
    cause every time i think about travelling
    well my feet would start to itch

    So i got up my daddy's suitcase
    and picked up my guitar
    Walked out to the driveway and I flagged down a car
    I hitch hiked out to Kansas City just as fast as I could
    My life was all before me and that highway sure looked good
    Now gimme that highway
    better go my way
    crank up the big wheels
    and let em roll on
    Im movin like a fast train
    gimme that passin' lane
    and I'll be gone
    movin my load
    just a runnin' down the road
    ...thats all i remember off the top of my head

    August 2, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  11. nancy

    My husband and I really enjoyed Trust us with your Life. It made us laugh! Not fair to the other actors, Fred was just host. The others made the show! Not fair.

    August 2, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  12. HOK

    STATE 3

    August 2, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  13. ronjayaz

    Christian News Network refused to print my tribute to Fred Willard. Please try my Facebook.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  14. Ross

    Fred who??? Wasn't Willard a movie about a rat?

    August 1, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. lastlap

    I feel sorry for the other more talented comedians (Colin Mochrie and Wayne Brady among them) who also got their show canceled through no fault of their own. They could dispense with the moderator altogether and be better off.

    August 1, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  16. rica.

    yes learning -

    August 1, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Mary

    Um, Hello!!!! He was in an adult theater....what do they think happens in there? If he wasn't hurting anyone, let him be.

    August 1, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  18. mikrik13

    You must be joking. Have we learned nothing from Pee Wee Herman.

    August 1, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • meh

      In his defense, he's older so he probably didnt toss a long rope over the shoulder of the guy in front of him

      August 2, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Smacky Smooth

    Oh yeah, ABC is all about morality! Pass the air sick bag that has no camera in it please.

    August 1, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  20. Phil

    Still pounding pud at age 72!

    August 1, 2012 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  21. mothertoason

    I'm so done with ABC. They've pulled my soaps, take MONTHS long vacations from shows like Happy Endings, Modern Family (which has turned to crap recently) and keep HORRIBLE shows like that God-awful Wipeout.

    Good bye ABC.

    August 1, 2012 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  22. Fred Willard

    "I was just cleaning it and it went off, honest!"
    Well, as long as nobody was sitting in front of him, what's the harm?

    August 1, 2012 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  23. sorry for your troubles--veets

    who cares.

    August 1, 2012 at 5:55 am | Report abuse |
  24. Anthony

    he just rubbed his (====3 in a movei theatre –get a life!

    August 1, 2012 at 5:53 am | Report abuse |
    • bgg1175

      So he beat off! So what! He and Paul Reuben like to beat it in public. Just like George Michael. Big deal!

      August 1, 2012 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |
  25. Peace for all

    I really could care less what actors do in their private life as long as nobody is hurt. It stinks because they don't get any private life. Everyone does things they may not be proud of, but it doesn't get spread all over for the world to know! I feel bad for the guy. Same thing for the Jacksons .....let them resolve family issues in private,

    August 1, 2012 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  26. uh, yep

    Different strokes for different folks.

    July 31, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Sokman

    ABC pulled Fred for pulling himself... Classy. Most of ABC's execs probably spend half their day watching p0rn in their office, but when one of the people responsible for making them money get caught doing what probably they do, the cops that arrested him probably do, & most of their viewers probably do, it's a travesty. I call bs ABC .

    July 31, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Sokman

    ABC pulled Fred for pulling himself... Classy

    July 31, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  29. TLC

    Is it me or does it look like Fred is Mitt Romney's long lost brother?!

    July 31, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  30. SilentBoy741

    Can't this poor guy go one week without having his project pulled?

    July 31, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  31. dina a ling

    When I was a little bitty boy
    my grandmother bought me a cute little toy
    Silver bells hangin' on a string
    she told me it was my ding a ling
    My ding a ling, my ding a lingI want to play with my ding a ling
    My ding a ling, my ding a lingI want to play with my ding a ling
    And then mother took me to Grammer School
    But I stopped all in the vestibule
    Every time that bell would ring catched me playin' with my ding a ling
    Once I was climbing the garden wallI slipped and had a terrible fallI fell so hard I heard bells ring but held on to my ding a ling
    Once I was swimming cross Turtle creek many snappers all around my feet
    Sure was hard swimming cross that thing both hands holdin' my ding a ling
    This here song it ain't so sadt he cutest little song you ever had those of you who will not sing
    You must be playin' with your own ding a ling
    My ding a ling Your ding a ling, your ding a ling
    We saw you playin' with your ding a ling
    My ding a ling everybody singI want to play with my ding a ling

    July 31, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Sky

    About time they took him out. He tried to hide what he was doing. He should be ashamed. Shouldn't of been in a place like that what a pig.

    July 31, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • billy

      Really, he should be ashamed and is a pig? Your boyfriend watches porn too, he just tells you he doesn't. Fred Willard is just old school and this is how you had to watch porn in the era before the vcr, a time in which Fred Willard lived. Young peoples with teh interwebs I guess can't comprehend of a time when you couldn't see whatever you want whenever you want to, or older peoples inability to grasp the new technologies and so resort to the things they know.

      July 31, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Looktothedky

      No, Billy, not "all" men look at porn. Only immature guys who still think they are frat boys are into it. When you grow up you will realize that a man has a lot of responsibilities, and doesn't have time nor the inclination to seek the same amount of gratification he needed when he was still a youngster. Anyway, for your girlfriend's sake I hope you realize it someday. If not, she needs to RUN!
      Sounds like this Willard is a 72 year old frat boy!

      August 1, 2012 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Looktothedky's mother

      Looktothedky: You are in a lot of denial.

      August 1, 2012 at 4:55 am | Report abuse |
  33. Mr.Ed


    July 31, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Max

    You people are unbelievable. What kind of pigs are you?!

    Do you enjoy going to such a theater, sitting on sticky seats, resting your hands on sticky armrests and then eating your popcorn with the hand that just rested on it? That is a public health hazard. Seriously.

    "With all the terrible things going on in the world..." I just hate it when people use that as an excuse for everything. Basically, anything short of murder should be swept aside because there are worse things going on in the world. I for one am so grateful that Mr. Willard showed his concern for all the terrible things going on in the world by entertaining himself in a seedy theater.

    If the guy has some "need" to do this, fine. But he should rent a ,movie or order PPV and do this in the privacy of his own home.

    July 31, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Olivia Tyler

      You're so right.

      July 31, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • So

      Max. In the first place, I'm pretty sure you wouldn't find the vast majority of us even going into a theater like that. If that's your preference, though, you have at it! To each his own. lol

      July 31, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • B-Ran

      Lol i seriously doubt that he went to that theater for some popcorn!

      July 31, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • billy

      Saying someone should find a real issue to be indignant over is legitimate. Also it was a private establishment, its not like he was in a public park. And calling it a public health hazard may be a bit of an overstatement, I'm pretty sure when statistics come out about stds, the groups they are high in, and the ways in which people contract them those statistics rarely includes stag theater seats as a public health hazard...

      July 31, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      The stickier the better.....

      August 1, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  35. Joe

    Great, so I get to watch those two morons on Wipeout instead? Thanks but no thanks.

    July 31, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Manda

    That's really unfortunate. ABC FINALLY found a funny show (other than Modern Family) to air and it's getting pulled? Starting it in the summer maybe wasn't such a great idea. It's too bad it didn't get a better start. It was hilarious! Wipe-Out...not funny, not entertaining...just old.

    July 31, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Steve

    A great actor removed for something I would consider a minor offense. I can just imagine (though I'd rather not!) what some of those ABC folks do when no one's looking. Lock up your pets

    July 31, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Claire

    UTTERLY RIDICULOUS!!! This has been so blown out of proportion by the media. Fred is a great actor and a funny comedian. I completely support him and hope a company or a person with some brains gives him work. I am now boycotting ABC and PBS and have emailed them too. Hang tough Fred 🙂

    July 31, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  39. DUH



    July 31, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Jorja

    This is sad to me. With all of the terrible things going on in the world, going to an adult theatre by himself did not hurt anyone. He was on the Jimmy Fallon show and I thought he handled his interview with the appropriate amount of embarrassment, grace and humor. He is still a very talented and funny comedian and will find work again.

    July 31, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Clete

    Did I read that right...the show that replaced his is called wipe-off?

    July 31, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  42. PeeWee Herman

    Oh sorry, Fred! You come on over to the playhouse, & I will find you a job. lol

    July 31, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |

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