Conservative actor Tim Allen said at the time “Last Man Standing” was cancelled that he was “blindsided” by the decision, which prompted plenty of backlash.
…but ABC is now saying politics had nothing to do with the decision.
Allen tweeted back in May: “Stunned and blindsided by the network I called home for the last six years. #lastmanstanding.”
Stunned and blindsided by the network I called home for the last six years. #lastmanstanding
— Tim Allen (@ofctimallen) May 16, 2017
ABC president of Entertainment Channing Dungey told reporters that Allen’s political leanings was not a factor in the decision.
“Politics had absolutely nothing to do with it, we have actors on our shows who have all sorts of different political views,” Dungey insisted Sunday at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour, according to The Wrap
“Tim Allen is a valuable part of the Disney ABC family and has been for a very, very long time,” she said. “‘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.”
Nonetheless, the show skewed toward a blue-collar audience was performing well at the time, the second most-watched comedy on ABC with 8.1 million views, according to Deadline.
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