ABC: 'Last Man Standing' Cancellation Not Due to Tim Allen's Political Views
ABC entertainment president Channing Dungey has stated that Tim Allen's political views did not lead to the cancellation of Last Man Standing.
"Politics had absolutely nothing to do with it—we have actors on our shows who have all sorts of different political views," Dungey said to The Wrap Sunday during the Television Critics Association's summer press tour.
"Tim Allen is a valuable part of the Disney ABC family and has been for a very, very long time," she continued. "Last Man Standing was a show that, several years running, kind of came up to the very end in terms of the renewal, which was the same case this year."
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Last Man Standing, which starred Allen in the lead role, was canceled by ABC in May after six seasons. The actor previously stated that he was "stunned and blindsided," by the network's decision.
Following the news, fans of the sitcom wondered if Allen's outspoken political views could have led to the cancellation. The comedian notably attended President Donald Trump's inauguration and previously stated on Jimmy Kimmel Live that it wasn't easy to express his conservative views in Hollywood.
"You've gotta be real careful around here," Allen said at the time. "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.'"
Fans have started a change.org petition in order to save the show.
Last Man Standing featured Allen as a conservative, church-going Colorado man who is married with three adult daughters and in charge of marketing for a chain of outdoor, sporting goods stores. The show also starred Nancy Travis and Hector Elizondo.
In June, CMT was reported to be in discussions with 20th Century Fox TV about bringing back Last Man Standing for a seventh season.
By Wade Sheridan
Originally published in UPI Entertainment News.