Actor Tim Allen and stand-up comedian unloaded on ABC Tuesday during an appearance on Norm Macdonald Live.
“I have no idea why they did what they did,” Allen said of ABC. “You couldn’t have handled this worse.”
“Second biggest show, ABC hadn’t won a Friday night in 15 years,” he said. “They put us out to pasture on Friday and we won Friday. Big night for us. Big night for them. I would have put Roseanne after us. Use us just to launch shows, if nothing else.”
“But there is nothing more dangerous, especially in this climate, than a funny, likable conservative character,” the actor added. “He is mitigated on the show by a family of women who had a difference of opinions, but the character Mike Baxter was a likable guy and a principled guy about work and ethics and all this stuff, I think.”
Does Allen have a right to be upset. Let’s look at the evidence…
Last Man Standing steadily averaged 6.5 million viewers on the Friday Night block for ABC which was the second-highest-rated comedy behind Modern Family for the network. By comparison Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. which has a huge backing from the network and Disney only averaged 2.3 million viewers on a busier night and was renewed for a fifth season.
ABC claims the reason for their cancellation was they did not want to continue comedies on the network for Friday night, a night they ironically use to thrive in with their T.G.I.F. lineup in the late 80s – early 90s. So if they simply didn’t want comedy on Friday nights, why not move the show to a new night?
Allen also got himself in hot water with comments he made weeks before his show was cancelled. While on Jimmy Kimmel Live he said “You’ve gotta be real careful around here, You get beat up if don’t believe what everybody believes. 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.’”
“What I find odd in Hollywood is that they didn’t like Trump because he was a bully. But if you had any kind of inkling that you were for Trump, you got bullied for doing that. And it gets a little bit hypocritical to me,” said Allen.
Allen being an outspoken Republican in Hollywood led many to believe that the real reason for his show being cancelled was his political views and the conservative lean on the show. As proven during the MANY award shows of 2017 thus far, Hollywood has a very low tolerance for right-wing viewpoints so many pundits argued that Hollywood was lashing out at the election of Donald Trump.
My Take: I find it hard to believe ABC, which is owned by Disney, a company who has expressed left-wing ideals in the past, especially with their properties such as Marvel and ESPN would cancel a highly rated show because of ‘scheduling conflicts’. Now I can believe Fox increasing the fees for the license being an issue, but the executives never cited that as their official reason. If Fox was the culprit then, Allen’s beef should be with them and again, I don’t believe Allen doesn’t know the true reason behind closed doors. Do I believe that ABC cancelled this show to stick it to conservatives? I believe there are a lot of angry people in the Hollywood area who still can’t accept the fact, Hillary Clinton lost so them doing this out of spite isn’t a far-fetched Alex Jones level conspiracy theory. The blame is definitely with the studios here, whether network or licensing and Allen has a right to be upset, he also has a right to believe the decision was personal based on his comments. What do you think?
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