'Kids Are Alright' star fires back at ABC boss over cancellation comments: 'This is just rude'

The Kids Are Alright patriarch Michael Cudlitz is as ticked off over ABC president Karey Burke‘s recent comments about the “tough, tough decision” to cancel the show after a single season as fans were about the cancellation itself.

Burke told reporters at the Television Critics Assoc. summer press tour Monday that she had liked the 1970s-set family comedy but had to look at it “from a ratings perspective, and we just did not see enough upside” to bring it back for Season 2. Despite all those #ICanSeeClearyNow hashtags, “there did not seem to be a strong enough fan base” to renew it.

Upon getting a look at TVLine’s story, Cudlitz took to Twitter to issue a response. “Seriously, ABC,” he wrote. “Just say ‘no comment.’ This is just rude."

“I apologize to the Kids fandom,” he added, “on behalf of ABC.”

In a TVLine poll back in March, before any decision had been made about the show’s future, more than 90 percent of respondents voted to renew Kids, whose average demo rating going into its freshman-season finale had bested three renewed comedies (black-ish, Fresh Off the Boat and Bless This Mess) and a pair of cancelled ones (Splitting Up Together and Speechless).

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SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 19: Actor Michael Cudlitz attends the sneak preview event for Skybound's upcoming launch of The Walking Dead Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey on July 19, 2019 in San Diego, California. Coming soon... (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Diageo and Skybound Entertainment)
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 19: Actor Michael Cudlitz during the Walker Stalker Fan Fest at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center on April 19, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 04: Actor Michael Cudlitz visits Hallmark's "Home & Family" at Universal Studios Hollywood on April 04, 2019 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)
GMA STRAHAN & SARA - 3/19/19 Michael Cudlitz of Walt Disney Television via Getty Images's "The Kids are Allright," is a guest on "Strahan & Sara" on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. "GMA Strahan & Sara" airs Monday-Friday (1pm-2pm, ET) on the Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. GMAS&S19 (Photo by Lou Rocco/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images) MICHAEL STRAHAN, SARA HAINES, MICHAEL CUDLITZ
THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT - "Mike's Award" - Peggy's competitive side kicks in when she learns that Helen's husband's professional accomplishments are getting high recognition, so she decides to get Mike into the limelight. Elsewhere, always seeking glory, Joey acts as Timmy's manager to make sure he performs his magic act at the Pioneer Day Carnival, while Eddie is determined to prove to Frank that the carnival games aren't all rigged on "The Kids Are Alright," TUESDAY, MAY 7 (8:30-9:00 p.m. EDT), on The Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Rick Rowell/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images) MICHAEL CUDLITZ
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 15: Michael Cudlitz attends SXSW Gaming Opening Party during the 2019 SXSW Conference and Festivals at The Main on March 15, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Dave Pedley/Getty Images for SXSW)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 18: Actor Michael Cudlitz visits SiriusXM Studios on March 18, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT - "Mike's Award" - Peggy's competitive side kicks in when she learns that Helen's husband's professional accomplishments are getting high recognition, so she decides to get Mike into the limelight. Elsewhere, always seeking glory, Joey acts as Timmy's manager to make sure he performs his magic act at the Pioneer Day Carnival, while Eddie is determined to prove to Frank that the carnival games aren't all rigged on "The Kids Are Alright," TUESDAY, MAY 7 (8:30-9:00 p.m. EDT), on The Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Rick Rowell/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images) MICHAEL CUDLITZ
THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT - "Mike's Award" - Peggy's competitive side kicks in when she learns that Helen's husband's professional accomplishments are getting high recognition, so she decides to get Mike into the limelight. Elsewhere, always seeking glory, Joey acts as Timmy's manager to make sure he performs his magic act at the Pioneer Day Carnival, while Eddie is determined to prove to Frank that the carnival games aren't all rigged on "The Kids Are Alright," TUESDAY, MAY 7 (8:30-9:00 p.m. EDT), on The Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Rick Rowell/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images) MICHAEL CUDLITZ, MARY MCCORMACK, JAX AND SAWYER LAUCIUS, CALEB FOOTE, JACK GORE, SANTINO BARNARD, CALEB FOOTE, SAWYER BARTH, SAM STRALEY
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 05: Actor Michael Cudlitz attends the Disney and ABC Television 2019 TCA Winter press tour at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on February 05, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT - "Peggy Drives Away" - After a mishap at the grocery store, Peggy storms out of the house without explanation, leaving Mike and the boys wondering which one of them set her off. Meanwhile, Mike thinks he may be the culprit who sent Peggy away for not signing an application for a credit card she wanted, and he enlists Wendi to help find her, on "The Kids Are Alright," TUESDAY, APRIL 9 (8:30-9:00 p.m. EDT), on The Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Rick Rowell/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images) MICHAEL CUDLITZ, ANDY WALKEN
THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT - "Valentine's Day" - To inspire Timmy to take better care of his personal hygiene, Peggy decides to take matters into her own hands and tricks him in hopes of solving the problem. Meanwhile, a concerned Mike fears that Peggy's meddling is causing Timmy to develop insecurities and robbing him of his passion for performance. At school, Timmy receives a Valentine's Day card from a secret admirer and becomes unnerved by the possibility of having a mystery suitor. Elsewhere, Eddie reports a recurring incident to Wendi's boss in an attempt to be helpful, but his chivalrous deed backfires, on "The Kids Are Alright," TUESDAY, FEB. 12 (8:30-9:00 p.m. EST), on The Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Rick Rowell via Getty Images) MARY MCCORMACK, MICHAEL CUDLITZ
THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT - "Valentine's Day" - To inspire Timmy to take better care of his personal hygiene, Peggy decides to take matters into her own hands and tricks him in hopes of solving the problem. Meanwhile, a concerned Mike fears that Peggy's meddling is causing Timmy to develop insecurities and robbing him of his passion for performance. At school, Timmy receives a Valentine's Day card from a secret admirer and becomes unnerved by the possibility of having a mystery suitor. Elsewhere, Eddie reports a recurring incident to Wendi's boss in an attempt to be helpful, but his chivalrous deed backfires, on "The Kids Are Alright," TUESDAY, FEB. 12 (8:30-9:00 p.m. EST), on The Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Rick Rowell/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images) MICHAEL CUDLITZ
THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT - "Nine Birthdays" - Peggy's talent for reusing wax from old birthday candles to create new ones lures her into exploring an identity outside the home for the first time. Her newfound candle-making work takes up more time, prompting Mike to get angry that her focus is straying from the family and the domestic duties. Meanwhile, Timmy is determined to get audience tickets on his birthday for a taping of "Boxcar Billy's Hobo Jamboree" in the hopes of making it on TV, on "The Kids Are Alright," TUESDAY, FEB. 26 (8:30-9:00 p.m. EST), on The Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Richard Cartwright/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images) MICHAEL CUDLITZ
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 10: Michael Cudlitz arrives at An Evening in China with WildAid at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on November 10, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)
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