ABC has again come out swinging against allegations that it cancelled Tim Allen’s high-performing show ‘Last Man Standing’ due to its deviation from Hollywood’s standard liberal schtick.
As Breitbart reports, the show “was one of the few shows on network television to approach its worldview through a conservative lens, while Allen himself is politically conservative.”
Allen’s conservatism has gotten him in trouble at least once, when he compared being a conservative in Hollywood to living in 1930s Germany.
“You’ve gotta be real careful around here,” he told Jimmy Kimmel in March. “You get beat up if you don’t believe what everybody believes.”
Despite that and Allen’s other brushes with the liberal thought police, ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey insists that the network’s May decision to cancel ‘Last Man Standing’ was not politically-motivated.
“Politics had absolutely nothing to do with it,” The Daily Mail quotes Dungey as telling reporters.
“We have actors on our shows who have all sorts of political views. Tim Allen is a valuable part of the Disney family and has been for a very long time.”
Despite acknowledging that ‘Last Man Standing’ was a “high quality show,” Dungey went on to state that it was axed simply because time for it could not be found in ABC’s schedule.
As The Daily Mail reports, ‘Last Man Standing,’ ABC’s most popular comedy last season, pulled an average of 5.89 million viewers per show in its sixth season – more than many of the other shows ABC was able to find time in the schedule for.
“Some have speculated that the reason for the cancellation is that Robert Iger, the chairman and CEO of ABC’s parent company, The Walt Disney Company, was muling a run for President as a Democrat in 2020 earlier this year,” The Daily Mail further reports, citing a report from The Hollywood Reporter quoting Iger as stating a number of people have been urging him to run.
Whatever the reason for the show’s cancellation, many – including Tim Allen himself – did not see it coming.
Stunned and blindsided by the network I called home for the last six years. #lastmanstanding
— Tim Allen (@ofctimallen) May 16, 2017