Was the decision to cancel Tim Allen’s ‘Last Man Standing’ a political one?


ABC’s “Last Man Standing” starring Tim Allen has been canceled after six seasons, and some fans of the show are frustrated by what they view as a political decision.

ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey says the move was “a challenging one” since the show was a steady performer in ratings, but that the network decided to stop showing comedies on Fridays.

“A large part of these jobs are managing failure, and we have made the tough calls and canceled shows that we would otherwise love to stay on the air. That’s the job. I canceled ‘Last Man Standing’ for the same business and scheduling reasons that I canceled ‘Dr. Ken,’ ‘The Real O’Neals,’ ‘The Catch’ and ‘American Crime,’” Dungey told reporters on Tuesday.

However, many have jumped straight to assuming ulterior motives were at work.

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Allen is known for having more conservative political views than some of his Hollywood counterparts, and he also attended Donald Trump’s inauguration. His character on the show is said to be “conservative-minded” and known to speak out on political topics such as Obamacare.

Allen’s comment on Tuesday that he was “stunned and blindsided” seemed to be the final straw for many fans.

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After seeing that, fans began to blast ABC, and some even cursed the network.

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A petition to “Save Tim Allen’s Show ‘Last Man Standing’” had tallied more than 160,000 signatures by late Tuesday.

“Last Man Standing stands out in the sea of network television sitcoms,” the petition says. “It is a show that appeals to a broad swath of Americans who find very few shows that extol the virtues with which they can identify; namely conservative values.”

The petition also calls for a boycott of ABC shows until “Last Man Standing” is returned to the airwaves.

“‘Last Man Standing’ is one of the only shows on broadcast television, and the only sitcom, that is not constantly shoving liberal ideals down the throats of the viewers. And sadly, that is likely the real reason the show has been cancelled,” the petition also says.

The boycott is being shared and discussed on social media too.

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Some people who saw news of the uproar over the cancellation called shenanigans on the outrage.

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Some industry experts had previously pondered whether the show might be on the bubble nearing cancelation when ABC reviewed its slate of shows in 2017. But Entertainment Weekly reports that the show pulled in a strong 8 million viewers on Friday nights before being canceled.

Did you watch “Last Man Standing”? If so, what do you think of the decision by ABC?

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