Disappointed that ABC ditched "Last Man Standing"? Well, your irritation is nothing compared to Tim Allen's.
The show's leading man lashed out at the network Tuesday on Twitter, revealing he was completely shocked by the network's decision: "Stunned and blindsided by the network I called home for the last six years. #lastmanstanding," he wrote.
Stunned and blindsided by the network I called home for the last six years. #lastmanstanding
— Tim Allen (@ofctimallen) May 16, 2017
Many supporters are arguing that the show's cancellation is due to Allen's right-leaning politics. "This is what happens to entertainers who dare to commit the thought crime of being conservative," tweeted Paul Joseph Watson, editor-at-large of right-wing media outlet Infowars.
"Last Man Standing" ran for six seasons, premiering in 2011. ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey dismissed claims that the decision to end the show was politically fueled.
"We make tough calls and cancel shows that we otherwise would have loved to stay on the air. That's the job," Dungey said. "But I canceled 'Last Man Standing' for the same business and scheduling reasons that I canceled 'The Real O'Neals,' 'Dr. Ken,' 'The Catch' and 'American Crime.'"
Allen's sitcom consistently performed well on the network, delivering 8 million viewers on Friday nights. However, Dungey explained, the network decided to eliminate comedies from Friday night programming.
"'Last Man Standing' was a challenging one for me because it was a steady performer in the ratings, but once we made the decision not to continue with comedies on Fridays, that was where we landed," Dungey said.