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Revealed! Mr. Rogers's New Replacement in the Neighborhood

Mr. Rogers Is Replaced At Last – By a Tiger

Originally posted 09/01/2012 10:00AM

Fred Rogers peacefully presided over PBS's Mister Rogers' Neighborhood for 33 years, until his retirement in 2000 – the beloved Fred Rogers died in 2003, at 74 – and now, finally, someone is getting ready to take his place in the neighborhhod.

Meet Daniel Striped Tiger, a brightly animated character described by The New York Times as "the fictional young offspring of Rogers’s original puppet characters."

Cuddly, wide-eyed Daniel, who is seen in some depictions sporting a trademark Rogers cardigan (Mr. Rogers's favorite color, too: red), will start presiding over the old neighborhood as of this Monday. He will be joined, The Times reports, by O the Owl (whose uncle was the original X the Owl), and Katerina Kittycat, the progeny of Henrietta Pussycat and a usually absent father.

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Was PBS Right to Fire Fred Willard?

Fred Willard's Firing: Was It Fair?

Originally posted 07/20/2012 02:35PM

On Wednesday night Fred Willard was arrested for lewd conduct at an adult movie theater in L.A. The next day, the comedic actor was fired from the PBS show Market Warriors.

Willard, 72, has not been convicted of a crime and his lawyer denies the actor did anything illegal.

"With all due respect to the individual officer," attorney Paul Takakjian tells TMZ, "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."

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Filed Under: PBS, Fred Willard

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