Tim Allen thinks this is “a very icy time” for comedians as he spoke about ABC’s firing of Roseanne Barr over a controversial tweet.
Although ABC “had to do what they had to do,” the actor and comedian wondered “who makes up these rules,” as his own show, “Last Man Standing” was axed from the network, according to Entertainment Weekly.
“I go way back with Rosie and that’s not the Rosie I know. She was the most diverse and tolerant woman I’ve ever known for a long time,” Allen said during a Television Critics Association’s press tour in Beverly Hills, California, on Thursday.
Allen was speaking about the tweet by Barr in May in which she wrote that Valerie Jarrett, a former aide of President Obama, was the offspring of the Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes. Barr apologized but has maintained that she was not being racist and was not aware of Jarrett’s race.
“Whatever got in her head isn’t the Roseanne I know,” Allen said of the 65-year-old actress whose self-titled show, “Roseanne,” was a ratings win for the network.
“It’s a very icy time,” Allen added. “I’ve been a comedian for 38 years and I’ve never seen it, like Lenny Bruce said at the Purple Onion, ‘We’ve gone backwards.’”
Though Allen’s own show had an obviously conservative bent, ABC denied the cancellation of the sitcom had anything to do with politics. Fox picked up “Last Man Standing” and the show’s new season is set to premiere Sept. 28.
“There are things you can’t say,” Allen continued. “There are things you shouldn’t say. Who makes up these rules? And as a stand-up comic, it’s a dangerous position to be in because I like pushing buttons. It’s unfortunate.”
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