Tim Allen is breaking his silence on the cancellation of Last Man Standing. The actor hasn’t reacted until now over ABC’s controversial decision to end the popular sitcom that enjoyed six seasons. On Tuesday he took to Twitter to express his shock over studio execs canceling the show. The feeling is mutual among fans. It definitely threw them for a loop to see Last Man Standing on the list of canceled TV shows for the 2017-2018 season. They had to double take to see if their eyes were fooling them. They wondered if they got the renewed and cancellation list confused. Unfortunately, their eyes didn’t deceive them.
What does Tim Allen have to say about the show ending? According to a tweet, he’s “shocked” and “blindsided” by the news.
“Stunned and blindsided by the network I called home for the last six years. #lastmanstanding,” Allen wrote on Tuesday.
The actor portrayed Mike Baxter, a conservative working-class white man who tried making sense of liberal views, a woman running for president, and how a man’s man fits into American society today.
As reports speculate, Tim Allen’s comments on Jimmy Kimmel Live in March may have contributed to Last Man Standing being canceled. Yahoo reminds readers that Tim, a Republican, told Kimmel that people have to “be careful” about what they say in Hollywood due to the liberal culture that exists. He emphasized on air that “you gotta be real careful around here” because “you’ll get beat up if you don’t believe what everybody believes.” He went on to compare it to Nazi Germany in the 1930s, a remark that might have been the beginning of the end. It’s unknown what really made ABC abruptly cancel the show, but the network claims it had to do with scheduling conflicts.
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In the meantime, a Change.org petition has been started to keep Last Man Standing on TV.
“Last Man Standing is one of the only shows on broadcast television, and the only sitcom, that is not constantly shoving liberal ideals down the throats of the viewers. And sadly, that is likely the real reason the show has been cancelled,” the petition reads in part.
The program attracted 8. 1 million viewers every Friday night. Despite its high ratings, the studio wanted to yank the comedy that revolved around conservatism, not a regular occurrence on TV anymore, let alone comedies. ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey spoke with reporters on Tuesday to defend her decision on canceling Last Man Standing and removing comedies from the Friday night programming slot altogether.
Entertainment Tonight published part of Dungey’s statement.
“A large part of these jobs are managing failure and we’ve made the tough calls and canceled shows that we’d otherwise love to stay on the air. That’s the job. I canceled Last Man Standing for the same business and scheduling reasons that I canceled Dr. Ken, The Real O’Neals, The Catch and American Crime. And Last Man Standing was a challenging one for me because it was a steady performer in the ratings, but once we made the decision not to continue with comedies on Fridays, that was where we landed.”
— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 16, 2017
Fans are outraged over the cancellation of Last Man Standing, with some threatening to boycott ABC. The petition urging the network to reconsider its decision has over 138,000 signatures as of late Tuesday afternoon. Is there any chance that ABC will be moved by the response from fans and renew the show?
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