ABC decision to cancel Tim Allen vehicle Last Man Standing was one of the biggest shockers of the upfront season.
However, ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey denied allegations that the show was canceled because of its conservative leanings and said that the show was cancelled in order to make room for "superhero" programming, TV Guide reported. Allen, meanwhile, revealed his reaction to the cancellation. And sadly, that is likely the real reason the show has been cancelled. Yet, in between the finances of the show and ABC not having ownership of it in the way they do other comedies, there are some reasons why they may have opted to move forward without even looking at political beliefs. The studio and the network reportedly battled over the series' licensing fee every year.
So clearly Allen seems to feel this the axing of his show wasn't entirely fair either.
"Stunned and blindsided by the network I called home for the last six years", Allen tweeted Tuesday afternoon, the same day ABC officially announced its 2017-18 lineup with "Last Man Standing" absent.
"Last Man Standing" followed Allen's character Mike Baxter, a marketing director for a sporting goods store, and his family through everyday life in Denver, Colorado.More news: Disappointed With UBS Loss, Singapore's GIC Fund Slashes Stake
According to Fox, the show is ABC's second-highest performer, garnering 1.8 million views this season. The Season 6 finale, which is now the series finale, aired March 31. If you want to help try to save Last Man Standing, I encourage you to do the same."The petition has certainly struck a nerve among viewers of Last Man Standing. It's family friendly. We're not holier than thou who did it this way, but it is a very different situation when you have a show that the whole family can watch together", Allen told UPI in a phone interview past year.
"You've gotta be real careful around here", he said on "Jimmy Kimmel Live". "You get beat up if you don't believe what everybody else believes". "This is like '30s Germany". I don't know what happened. "I like going on both sides".
On the surface, it's freakish that Allen would be so shocked by the news, but fans of the show are suggesting that there's more to the story than meets the eye.
Ultimately, there's little that can be said within this article to convince any conspiracy theorists that Allen's politics played no role in the show's cancellation.