- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Tim Allen suggested Tuesday during an appearance on “Norm Macdonald Live” that the abrupt cancellation of his hit ABC sitcom “Last Man Standing” had something to do with his character’s politics.

Mr. Allen, a conservative comedian who portrayed the politically conservative father of three, Mike Baxter, said “there’s nothing more dangerous” in today’s political climate than a “likable conservative.”

“I always wanted ‘LMS’ — ‘Last Man Standing’ — to be like [‘All in the Family’s’] Archie Bunker,” Mr. Allen told Mr. Macdonald. “Archie Bunker pushed boundaries, but [actor] Carroll O’Connor was not that guy at all. I am a version of that guy, but there’s is nothing more dangerous, especially in this climate, than a funny, likable conservative.

“[Mike Baxter] is mitigated on the show by a family of women who had a difference of opinions, but the guy was a likable guy and a principled guy about work and ethics and all this stuff,” he said. “I think there’s nothing more dangerous now than a likable conservative character.”

In May, ABC canceled the series after six seasons despite its respectable Friday night ratings, causing an uproar among conservative viewers. ABC network President Channing Dungey said the “ownership structure” of the series played a factor in the cancellation and that politics had nothing to do with it, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Mr. Allen, who said at the time that he was “stunned and blindsided” by the network’s decision, said Tuesday night that the cancellation was very poorly handled because most of the team was kept in the dark.

“You couldn’t have handled this worse. Not for me, because I’ll survive, but there’s 190 of us that work there,” he said. “It’s hard. I have no idea why they did what they did.”

Mr. Macdonald compared the situation to CBS’ cancellations of “The Beverly Hillbillies” and “Green Acres” in 1971, because the higher-ups thought “rural comedy was embarrassing.”

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