Tim Allen has come out to say he believes his television show – Last Man Standing – was cancelled after six seasons because it featured a likable conservative man as the main character.
Last Man Standing was cancelled in May by ABC after six seasons – a decision which came as a shock to both fans and cast-members alike.
And Allen, who has been open about his support for President Donald Trump, says that the cancellation ultimately came down to politics.
In an interview on Norm Macdonald Live, Tim Allen alleges that the television show Last Man Standing was cancelled because it featured a likable conservative man
Last Man Standing was cancelled in May by ABC after six seasons – a decision which came as a shock to both fans and cast-members alike
‘I have no idea why [ABC] did what they did,’ Allen said during an interview on Norm Macdonald Live.
However, he said, he thinks that it’s because his humor skewed towards more conservative minded-Americans.
He explained that he hoped his character, Carroll O’Connor, would be like Archie Bunker on All in the Family.
Bunker’s character, he said, ‘pushed boundaries,’ of conservatism in the household, and he hoped that his character might be able to do the same thing in time.
‘But there’s nothing more dangerous, especially in this climate, than a funny, likable conservative,’ he claims.
‘He is mitigated on the show by a family of women who had a difference of opinions, but he was a likable guy and a principled guy about work and ethics and all this stuff, I think.’
Allen said that his character, though conservative, was mitigated by other characters with different political beliefs
The show, which averaged 6.4million weekly viewers and had a 1.1 demo rating, was ABC’s second-most watched comedy behind Modern Family.
However, as Hollywood Reporter explains, the show came from an outside studio, meaning it was expensive to license.
Initially there were talks to revive the show on CMT, but those failed due to the cost as well.