Tim Allen reacts to Roseanne Barr's racist tweets: 'Not the Rosie I know'

Tim Allen is standing up for Roseanne Barr.

The 65-year-old actor-comedian spoke out in favor of his longtime friend at Fox’s TCA press tour event on Thursday. His comments came months after Barr's racist tweets led to the cancellation of her ABC show, Roseanne. 

“I go a ways back with Rosie and that’s not the Rosie I know,” Allen said of the 65-year-old comedian. “She was the most diverse and tolerant woman I’ve ever known for a long time. Whatever got in her head isn’t the Roseanne I know.”

The Last Man Standing star also spoke more about the current political and social climate, calling it “a very icy time.”

“I’m a veteran comedian for 38 years and I’ve never seen it, like Lenny Bruce said at the Purple Onion, ‘We’ve gone backwards.’ There are things you can’t say. There are things you shouldn’t say,” he said. “Who makes up these rules? And as a stand-up comic, it’s a dangerous position to be in because I like pushing buttons. It’s unfortunate.”

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Tim Allen (L) and Jane Allen (R) attend the 25th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Academy Awards Viewing Party at The City of West Hollywood Park on February 26, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for EJAF)
LAST MAN STANDING - 'Heavy Meddle' - When Eve's boyfriend, Rob (guest star Travis Tope), doesn't invite her to his parents' anniversary party, Vanessa feels that Eve should tell him how this makes her feel. But Mike disagrees and thinks it's better for Eve to not say anything. Meanwhile, Kristin and Ryan think it's beyond the airy Mandy and Kyle to find the hidden clues in an escape room, on 'Last Man Standing,' airing FRIDAY, MARCH 17 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) NANCY TRAVIS, TIM ALLEN
LAST MAN STANDING - 'Take Me to Church' - Mike and Vanessa become increasingly worried their daughters don't attend church anymore, so they decide to take it upon themselves to make church more interesting for everyone involved. When Ryan has Kyle as his guest on his podcast, they don't expect their wives to hear their conversation, on 'Last Man Standing,' airing FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) NANCY TRAVIS, TIM ALLEN
LAST MAN STANDING - 'Take Me to Church' - Mike and Vanessa become increasingly worried their daughters don't attend church anymore, so they decide to take it upon themselves to make church more interesting for everyone involved. When Ryan has Kyle as his guest on his podcast, they don't expect their wives to hear their conversation, on 'Last Man Standing,' airing FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) TIM ALLEN
LAST MAN STANDING - 'A House Divided' - When Mike and Vanessa ask newlyweds Mandy and Kyle to tone down their constant displays of affection, Mandy agrees but only if her parents become more discreet in the way they express their feelings to each other. Meanwhile, Kristen gets Eve a gig playing at the Grill, but Ed wants to fire her after a lackluster performance, on 'Last Man Standing,' airing FRIDAY, JANUARY 20 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) NANCY TRAVIS, TIM ALLEN
LAST MAN STANDING - 'Three Sisters' - When Mike and Vanessa turn down Eve's request for money to cover some recording equipment, Kristin jumps in and offers to front the bill. Mike later confronts Kristin for undercutting his parenting and giving money to Eve, and Kristin snaps back at him for always spoiling Mandy. Back at the Outdoor Man office, Kyle and Ed have an extremely awkward encounter that, in a strange way, brings them closer together. Later on at the Baxter home, dinner turns into disaster, as Eve, Mandy and Kristin argue about how unfairly their parents treat them. With everyone at odds, Mike and Vanessa come up with a plan to reunite the girls, on 'Last Man Standing,' airing FRIDAY, JANUARY 6 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images) TIM ALLEN
LAST MAN STANDING - 'Explorers' - Mike is thrilled when he is offered to submit an artifact to a renowned museum but things get complicated when Ed admits that this is an honor he's wanted his entire life. Meanwhile, Mike and his poker buddies decide to go through their colonoscopy prep together; and the girls decide to have a slumber party reminiscent of old times, but things don't go as planned when Vanessa invites herself, on 'Last Man Standing,' airing FRIDAY, JANUARY 13 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) TIM ALLEN
Actor Tim Allen on the sideline prior to an NFL football game between the Detroit Lions and the Minnesota Vikings in Detroit, Michigan USA, on Thursday, November 24, 2016. (Photo by Jorge Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 22: Actress Jane Hajduk and Comedian/Actor Tim Allen arrive at the Petersen Automotive Museum 22nd Annual Gala at the Petersen Automotive Museum on October 22, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images)
LAST MAN STANDING - 'Trick or Treat' - It's Halloween and the Baxter family is excited for their annual party, except for Mike who's reluctantly tasked with choosing the theme. In hopes of turning everyone against the holiday, Mike decides that maybe if the whole family has to dress up like each other they'll end up making fun of one another. Eve dresses up like Mandy and Mandy dresses down like Eve, Kristin and Ryan swap roles, and Mike shows up to the party as... Donald Trump!? The impersonating turns into bickering but in the end, the Baxters come together to support Vanessa as she learns that she's being laid off, on 'Last Man Standing,' FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Tony Rivetti/ABC via Getty Images) TIM ALLEN, JONATHAN ADAMS
LAST MAN STANDING - 'A New Place for One of Our People' - Having a difficult time supporting Eve's gap year, Mike gives her a hard lesson on surviving in the real world, but Eve's unexpected reaction throws Mike for a loop. Meanwhile, Kyle wants to give Mandy the best wedding gift imaginable, so taking inspiration from a story he read online, he works on turning a laser pointer into a car by way of some old-fashioned bartering, on 'Last Man Standing,' FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Tony Rivetti/ABC via Getty Images) TIM ALLEN
LAST MAN STANDING - 'Boyd Will Be Boyd' - Boyd is turning 10 years old, and sticking with the Baxter family tradition, Mike wants nothing more than to give him a shotgun and take him hunting. Kristin is all for it but Ryan has no interest in his son having a gun or harming animals. Meanwhile Kyle and Mandy's wedding preparations continue as Vanessa tries to convince Kyle to do a mother-son dance with her, on 'Last Man Standing,' FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Lisa Rose/ABC via Getty Images) TIM ALLEN
BURBANK, CA - JUNE 13: (L-R) Actors Richard Karn, Tim Allen, and President of SAG-AFTRA Foundation JoBeth Williams attend the SAG-AFTRA Foundation 7th annual L.A. Golf Classic Fundraiser on June 13, 2016 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - MAY 17: Comedian Tim Allen performs during his appearance at The Ice House Comedy Club on May 17, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Michael Schwartz/WireImage)
BURBANK, CA - MAY 02: (L-R) Actors Richard Karn, Kunal Nayyar and Tim Allen attend the 9th Annual George Lopez Celebrity Golf Classic to benefit The George Lopez Foundation at Lakeside Golf Club on May 2, 2016 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for The Lopez Foundation)
JAY LENO'S GARAGE -- 'Wolf in Sheep's Clothing' Episode 206 -- Pictured: (l-r) Tim Allen, Jay Leno -- (Photo by: Nicole Weingart/CNBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 21: Tim Allen attends the Film Independent at LACMA presents Live Read of 'Thnk You For Smoking' and After Party at Bing Theatre At LACMA on April 21, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/WireImage)
LAST MAN STANDING - 'The Shortcut' - In honor of Mike's 25 years at The Outdoor Man, Ed plans a surprise dinner for him and asks Joe (guest star Joe Leno) and Chuck to come up with the after-dinner speech. Also, Mandy decides that in order for her and Kyle to save money, they should move in with her parents after they're married, on 'Last Man Standing,' FRIDAY, APRIL 22 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ron Tom/ABC via via Getty Images) TIM ALLEN, HECTOR ELIZONDO
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Allen -- whose show, Last Man Standing, was cancelled at ABC and later picked up by Fox -- ultimately thinks the decision to ax his own show was a financial, not political, one by the network.

“I’ve worked for ABC for years… I don’t really believe it was a political decision,” Allen said. “I think it was a financial decision… I thought it was done very poorly, that’s my point of view. I was heartbroken.”

Despite Allen’s support for Barr, he revealed that his show’s upcoming season will avoid all talk of President Donald Trump.

“I think the guy is a centrist,” Allen said of Mike Baxter -- his conservative character -- a sporting goods entrepreneur whose traditional values often clash with that of his friends and family. “This guy’s a practical guy. He owns a big business. If it’s helping his business, he’s probably pro-Trump. He probably doesn’t defend him.” 

Allen continued, “I don’t know that it’s going to be that, I think he’s going to be more of a centrist. Whatever’s good for his business and good for the state of Colorado or any policies that he does he’s going to go with."

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THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Air Date 11/06/1985 -- Pictured: Comedian Roseanne Barr performs on November 6, 1985 (Photo by Gene Arias/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 13 -- Pictured: Roseanne Barr as operator during 'MetroCard' skit on February 16, 1991 -- (Photo by: Alan Singer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
ROSEANNE - 'Pretty in Black' which aired on October 13, 1992. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) ROSEANNE BARR
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 10/30/1995 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress Roseanne Barr during an interview with host Jay Leno on October 30, 1995 -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
375669 01: 1998 Roseanne Barr Of The Roseanne Show. (Photo By Getty Images)
1998 Roseanne Barr Of The Roseanne Show. (Photo By Getty Images)
E364920 03: Comedienne Roseanne Barr poses with her husband Ben Thomas at the launch of her new CD titled 'I Just Can''t Help Myself' at the Tower Records store in Hollywood, California, February 21, 2000. The star performed with her band 'DiXXX' whom her husband is a member. (Photo by Chris Martinez)
382709 04: Actress Roseanne Barr and her husband Ben Thomas arrive at Project Angel Food''s Eight Annual 'Devine Design' Galla at the Pacific Design Center November 30, 2000 in West Hollywood, CA. The events proceeds go directly to Project Angel Food which provides free nutritional counseling and life-sustaining meals each day to 1,2000 men, women and children disabled by HIV/AIDS. (Photo byNewsmakers)
385218 39: Actress Roseanne Barr attends February 5, 2001 at the Lane Bryant fashion show at Studio 54 in New York City. (Photo by George De Sota/Newsmakers)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 18: Comedian/actress Roseanne Barr poses at the 'Comic Relief 2006' show at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace November 18, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The benefit was held to help families in the Gulf Coast affected by Hurricane Katrina. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - OCTOBER 23: Actress Roseanne Barr (L) with actor Will Ferrell (R) and wife Viveca Paulin arrive at the premiere of 'Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America' held at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre on October 23, 2006 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 04: Actress/writer Roseanne Barr arrives at the Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne Barr at Hollywood Palladium on August 4, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 04: Roastee Roseanne Barr onstage during the Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne Barr at Hollywood Palladium on August 4, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 10: Actress Roseanne Barr attends The Paley Center For Media's 2014 PaleyFest Icon Award announcement at The Paley Center for Media on March 10, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: (EDITORS NOTE: This image was processed using digital filters) Roseanne Barr attends the world premiere of documentary: 'Roseanne For President!' during the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival at SVA Theatre on April 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Grant Lamos IV/Getty Images for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 10: Actress Roseanne Barr attends The Paley Center For Media's 2014 PaleyFest Icon Award announcement at The Paley Center for Media on March 10, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 23: Actress Roseanne Barr attends the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival LA Kickoff Reception at The Standard, Hollywood on March 23, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Roseanne Barr (L) attends the cinema prive And PANDORA Jewelry Host A Special Screening Of 'Cake' on November 23, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images for cinema prive)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: Roseanne Barr (C) and children Jake Pentland (L) and Brandi Brown attend the world premiere of documentary: 'Roseanne For President!' during the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival at SVA Theatre on April 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 01: Actress Roseanne Barr attends the photo call for Roseanne Barr's 'Roseanne For President!' at Sundance Sunset Cinema on July 01, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Boardman/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 01: Actress Roseanne Barr attends the photo call for Roseanne Barr's 'Roseanne For President!' at Sundance Sunset Cinema on July 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage,,)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Roseanne Barr attends The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Actors John Goodman (L) and Roseanne Barr celebrate The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards with Moet & Chandon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Moet & Chandon)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 08: Roseanne Barr attends the Disney ABC Television Group hosts TCA Winter Press Tour 2018 held at The Langham Huntington on January 8, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
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Showrunner Kevin Abbott concurred with Allen’s statements. 

"I don’t think we’re going to specifically comment on Trump. Mike Baxter is a conservative Republican. He holds those ideals, but the character himself, I don’t think we’re going to address [Trump] one way or the other,” Abbott said. “... The Roseanne reboot handled a lot of topical issues; they were [doing] the issue-of-the-week kind of thing. We don’t really do issues of the week. We consider ourselves a family show with a traditional character at the center of it, which is only unusual in today’s environment.”

Back in May, Allen revealed to ET that Last Man Standing will pick things up in real time, about a year or so after the events of the finale. 

"There's some big surprises and good stuff coming," Allen promised. "All of you ... man, I'm telling you... we would not be standing here [without the fans]. It's gonna be a better show because of all you people that did this and I just hope we... I want to deliver. We will deliver for you."

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