“Last Man Standing” was seen as a beacon in the darkness of liberal-themed sitcoms. Conservatives would be hard-pressed to find a sitcom with values aligning with their own.
ABC ended up shutting down the show after its sixth season, and viewers were outraged. Tim Allen, the star of the show, recently met on Norm Macdonald’s podcast to talk about the show coming to a swift end. Allen explained exactly why he believes the show was canceled due to his character’s political views. Simply put by Allen, “There’s nothing more dangerous than a funny, likable, conservative character.”
Fans expressed their outrage after the show was canceled and ABC didn’t have much of a reply. They did attempt to weasel around the cancellation and say that it had nothing to do with politics.
Their reason was that the show was dropped because an outside studio produced the series instead of ABC Studios, and they were not making enough money, so they called it quits.
But that seems a little too convenient. There is no doubt that ABC was raking in the cash off of the widely watched show. ABC went on to explain that they needed the “Last Man Standing” time slot for another show of theirs, “Once Upon A Time.”
Allen expressed his outrage, not because of the way that it hurt him directly, but the way that it hurt everyone else who worked on the show with him. “You couldn’t have handled this worse. Not for me, ’cause I’ll survive, but there’s 190 of us that work there,” Allen explained.
He went on to say, “I have no idea why they did what they did,” in reference to putting “us out to pasture.” Allen then dug into the nitty gritty of the situation and explained what he honestly believed happened.
“There’s nothing more dangerous to me, especially in this climate, than a funny, likable conservative. That was the most dangerous thing,” Allen thoughtfully explained. He continued, digging into the subject a little deeper.
“Because he was mitigated on his show by a family of women that had different opinions — but the guy was a likable guy, a principled guy, just about work and ethics and all this stuff. I think there’s nothing more dangerous now than a likable conservative character.”
Tim Allen believes his TV show was canceled due to his character’s political views, because,“There’s nothing more dangerous than a funny, likable, conservative character.” Is the entertainment industry decidedly anti-conservative?
Macdonald theorized that they could have put his show out the way that CBS did with “Green Acres” and “Beverly Hillbillies” back in the 1970’s. It is an interesting take and entirely possible.
Back in the 1970’s CBS’ president, Willam Paley, canned the two shows because he had friends who lived on the Upper West Side who found shows like “Beverly Hillbillies” embarrassing. The idea of rural shows made them uncomfortable for some unclear reason.
There certainly seems to be a political undercoat to every facet of American life these days — just look at the NFL, censorship of social media, and protests against free speech. Would it be surprising to discover that ABC canceled the show because they didn’t like the conservative politics? The answer is absolutely not.