ABC has canceled Tim Allen’s popular Last Man Standing, despite it’s positive ratings. Was it because of Allen’s conservative politics?
In March, on Jimmy Kimmel’s show, Allen remarked that conservatives have to keep quiet if they support Trump. He opined, “I’m not kidding. You gotta be real careful around here. You get beat up if you don’t believe what everybody believes.” Then he joked, “This is like ‘30s Germany. I don’t know what happened. If you’re not part of the group, ‘You know what we believe is right,’ I go, ‘Well, I might have a problem with that.’
He subsequently defended his pro-Trump views with Fox News’s Megyn Kelly. According to Deadline Hollywood, the show “was considered the perfect sitcom for the Trump era, hitting ratings highs in its sixth season.”
This is tragic:
Last Man Standing has been canceled by ABC, according to TVLine. The show ran for six seasons, totaling 130 episodes on the network, and wrapped its final season in March. Jay Leno guest-starred on the finale. Tim Allen (Home Improvement) starred as Mike Baxter, a conservative sporting-goods executive and father of three daughters played by Amanda Fuller, Molly Ephraim and Kaitlyn Dever. Nancy Travis played his wife Vanessa. His liberal son-in-law Ryan was played by Jordan Masterson.
Allen was the star of Home Improvement, which ran on ABC from 1991-1999 and starred in the The Santa Clause, The Santa Clause 2, and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause. He’s also voiced the role of Buzz Lightyear in all three Toy Story films and will return for the fourth installment on June 21, 2019.
Last Man Standing also stars Christoph Sanders as Kyle Anderson, Flynn Morrison as Boyd Baxter, Jonathan Adams as Chuck Larabee and Hector Elizondo as Ed Alzate.
People on Twitter were speculating about the decision to cancel Allen’s show:
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No doubt Tim Allen’s political views factored into decision. I hear there’s an 8pm slot available on Fox Tim!
— MYERS (@2112marc) May 10, 2017
Can’t help but wonder if this is partly because of Tim Allen’s comments on politics from recently… https://t.co/5NZ3nf7QtF
— Andrea (@andi1459) May 10, 2017
Maybe Tim Allen will run the FBI now
— Judy Berman (@judyberman) May 10, 2017
@EW Yay! I hate that show and Tim Allen you’re fired,I used to like him, He should have left the politics to the politicians,so YAY!! Smart abc👏
— Sherri Martin (@shaggalag50) May 10, 2017
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