Tim Allen is pulling no punches when it comes to why he believes his show “Last Man Standing” was cancelled.
“I always wanted Last Man Standing to be like [All in the Family’s] Archie Bunker,” he said on “Norm Macdonald Live” on Tuesday. “Archie Bunker pushed boundaries, but Carroll O’Connor was not that guy at all. I am a version of that guy.
“But there is nothing more dangerous, especially in this climate, than a funny, likable conservative character. He is mitigated on the show by a family of women who had a difference of opinions, but [Mike Baxter] was a likeable guy and a principled guy about work and ethics and all this stuff, I think.”
The show aired for six season on ABC and in its final season averaged 8.3 million viewers, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
“I have no idea why they did what they did,” the comedian said. “You couldn’t have handled this worse.”
Allen said the network put the show on Friday nights to kill it, but they wound up winning in their time slot and could have been used as a lead in for the new “Roseanne” reboot.
“Second biggest show, [ABC] hadn’t won a Friday night in 15 years. They put us out to pasture on Friday and we won Friday,” he said. “Big night for us. Big night for them. I would have put Roseanne after us. Use us just to launch shows, if nothing else.”
One of the shows that is replacing the pro–American “Last Man Standing” is a new show called “Sanctuary Family” where the heroes are illegal immigrants.
But ABC has claimed its decision to ax Allen’s show had nothing to do with politics.
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