After the hilarious ABC sitcom, “Last Man Standing,” was canceled this month, many fans became suspicious that the network only dumped the popular show because of its conservative political content. Now the show’s star, comedian and actor Tim Allen, is also expressing how shocked he is over the fate of the show.
Allen, who is famous for his center-right political leanings, jumped to his Twitter account to tell fans that he, too, was surprised that his show got the ax. In his May 16 tweet, Allen said he was “stunned and blindsided” that ABC put an end to the series.
Stunned and blindsided by the network I called home for the last six years. #lastmanstanding
— Tim Allen (@ofctimallen) May 16, 2017
ABC cancelled the conservative-friendly show despite that it was still earning some of the better sitcom ratings on network TV. Whereas most of the shows ABC cancelled had seen steady ratings declines, “Last Man Standing” was still often winning its time slot and had experienced no meaningful loss of viewers.
Once the cancellation was reported, many fans immediately launched a boycott of ABC because they felt Allen’s show was canceled only because of its conservative message.
This isn’t the first hit TV sitcom Tim Allen has enjoyed. In 1991 Allen parlayed his popular standup comedy routines into his TV break with the sticom “Home Improvement.” On his first series, Allen brought wholesome family entertainment with a center-right message to fans for eight seasons. The show made him a near household name and sent him off into a long list of movie roles such as “The Santa Clause,” “Galaxy Quest,” and “Toy Story.”
“Last Man Standing” had a lot of great bits. Here is Allen’s hilarious take down of college snowflakes…
Many of Allen’s fans were equally “blindsided” by ABC’s decision to cancel the popular show. In reply to Allen’s Tweet many thanked the actor for his show and agreed with him that the network’s decision was a shock.
— Guy Martineau 🇺🇸 (@Guy_Martineau) May 16, 2017
@ofctimallen My whole family loves your show, so distraught to hear the news.
— Jordan Crowder (@jordancrowder) May 16, 2017
@ofctimallen ABC stands for Anything but Conservatives
— Kevin Borregaard (@kevinborregaard) May 16, 2017
@ofctimallen It's more than a show, we are being shut down and lied to everywhere! We're at war people whether u want to believe it or not.
— Rebecca (@rebeccajoc) May 16, 2017
— N.J. Shivers (@NJShivers) May 16, 2017
@ofctimallen our house was saddened by the cancelation. Only show with values we had to watch with our 3 teen girls. Very disappointing!!
— crystal strong (@argonai) May 16, 2017
— Living The Dream 🙂 (@NurseHezz) May 16, 2017
— Jessica Moore (@jess77ica) May 16, 2017