The Tim Allen sitcom, "Last Man Standing," has been canceled after six seasons. The show's high ratings have led some viewers and critics to speculate that ABC discontinued it due to Allen's conservative views.
In “The Last Man Standing,” Tim Allen plays a man outnumbered by his wife and three daughters. And according to Fox News, the show was the television network's second-highest comedy this season. It averaged 8.1 million viewers.
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Additionally, the show reached ABC's third-highest watched scripted series, following the popular "Grey's Anatomy" and "Modern Family."
An Uproar Over Tim Allen Sitcom Cancellation
The decision came as a surprise to Tim Allen, who sent out a Tweet saying, “Stunned and blindsided by the network I called home for the last six years.”
Stunned and blindsided by the network I called home for the last six years. #lastmanstanding
- Tim Allen (@ofctimallen) May 16, 2017
Commentators and fans of the Tim Allen sitcom wasted no time in suggesting the show’s cancellation came about because of the actor's conservative views and the conservative-leaning views of his character in the show.
Weird how ABC was fine doing for left-wing Modern Family what it wouldn’t do for a successful conservative show RIP Last Man Standing
- Allen Whitt (@ULookRight) May 11, 2017
I am so upset that #ABC has decided to cancel Last Man Standing because Tim Allen is conservative. It’s funny. #nomoreABC
- Linda Smith (@LindaMcRaeSmith) May 12, 2017
Wow ABC good job showing free speech by ending a conservative tv show cause you don’t agree with it. #lastmanstanding #TimAllen best show!
- Mary Popish (@maypop36) May 11, 2017
.@ofcTimAllen Looks like @ABC is playing politics with your show despite decent ratings. Sad.https://t.co/FQo9H55QcR
- Scott Walker (@ScottWalker) May 11, 2017
Tim has stated, "What I find odd in Hollywood is that they didn't like Trump because he was a bully. But if you had any kind of inkling that you were for Trump, you got bullied for doing that. And it gets a little bit hypocritical to me."
ABC is claiming the show’s cancellation has to do with the network’s decision to no longer air comedies on Friday nights. But fans aren’t buying, nor are they happy with the decision. Some outraged fans have even started petitions to bring the show back, one of which has gotten more than 115,000 signatures.
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With so many supporters of the show, it will certainly be interesting to see if another Network, or a content provider such as Netflix or Hulu, picks up the show. But no matter what happens, it’s inspiring to see Tim Allen hold true to his beliefs, regardless of how Hollywood feels about them.
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