As Tim Allen’s hit sitcom “Last Man Standing” closed its sixth season on the air, ABC made the decision to pull the plug and cancel the show. This season, the show attracted 8.1 million viewers. But was there any special reason why it was cancelled? ABC’s move resulted in the network being accused of playing politics.
Mike Baxter, played by Allen’s on “Last Man Standing,”, is a blue-collar conservative “man’s man” who takes over some of the family duties when his wife goes back to work. Fans of the show now believe a conservative actor playing a right-of-center character was too much for ABC after the network said the show was “hitting ratings highs in its sixth season.” It is reportedly the second most-watched sitcom on ABC behind “Modern Family.” “Last Man Standing” was the third most watched ABC scripted series overall behind Grey’s Anatomy and Modern Family.
When discussing his attendance at President Trump’s inauguration, Allen joked on “The Jimmy Kimmel Show” that he had to be careful about expressing his opposing views. He then opened up to the host and said, “In this town, I’m not kidding, you gotta be real careful around here, you know, you can get beat up if you don’t believe what everybody believes. This is like ’30s Germany! I don’t know what, 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.” I’m a comedian—I like going on both sides.”
According to Heat Street, many viewers believe Allen’s open discussion about politics in a Hollywood that heavily supports the Democratic side has led ABC to cancel “Last Man Standing” despite its outstanding performance. He also called out Hollywood for “bullying” Trump while criticizing him for being a bully at the same time.
So is Tim Allen being punished for voicing his opinions? One Twitter user felt that ABC was trying to push an agenda.
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Critics of the decision also pointed out that the head of ABC’s parent, the Walt Disney Company, Bob Iger, is reportedly mulling a 2020 run against Trump as a Democrat. Also, outraged fans have called for a boycott of the network on social media, following the news of the cancellation of Allen’s show.
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