Tim Allen said he believes that his hit show “Last Man Standing” was cancelled because there’s nothing more dangerous in this climate than a “likable conservative character.”
“I always wanted ‘Last Man Standing’ to be like Archie Bunker,” the 64-year-old actor explained on the Norm Macdonald Live show Tuesday.
The comment comes at the 34:50 minute mark. (RELATED: Tim Allen: ‘The Clintons Are Like Herpes’)
“Archie Bunker pushed boundaries, and Carroll O’Connor was not that guy at all,” he added. “I am a version of that guy. But there is nothing more dangerous to me, especially in this climate, than a funny, likable conservative.”
“He is mitigated on the show by a family of women that had a difference of opinions, but he was a likeable guy and a principled guy just about work and ethics and all this stuff, I think, there’s nothing more dangerous right now than a likable conservative character,” he continued.
“Second biggest show, [ABC] haven’t won a Friday night in 15 years,” Allen explained. “They put us out to pasture on Friday and we won Friday. Big night for us. Big night for them. I would have put ‘Roseanne’ after us. Just launch ‘Roseanne.’ Use us just to launch shows, if nothing else.”
“You couldn’t have handled this worse,” he added. “I have no idea why they did what they did.”
As noted in the Hollywood Reporter, the show was allegedly canceled after six seasons in May over the “ownership structure.” The show was produced by 20th Century Fox Television and expensive to license. ABC Network president Channing Dungey at the time of cancellation pushed back on theories that the shows conservative perspective was the reason for it being taken off the air.