PBS president and chief executive officer Paula Kerger spent much of her session at the TV critics press tour on Saturday talking discussing the usual subjects: The success of "Downton Abbey," federal funding issues, children's programming and Ken Burns documentaries.
Oh, and she also had to address Fred Willard's libido.
Kerger defended PBS's decision earlier this week to fire Willard from his job as narrator of its new "Market Warriors" series after the actor was arrested on suspicion of lewd conduct.
"Our concern was that his circumstance would become a distraction" for the series, Kerger told reporters on the first day of the two-week press tour.
Kerger explained that producers were in the process of taping next week's "Market Warriors" episode and a decision needed to be made quickly.
It was clear that she would have been much more comfortable talking about "Sesame Street."
Kerger said actor Mark Walhberg will take over hosting "Market Warriors."
On Friday, the Los Angeles prosecutor said Willard will not have to face jail time.