More than 100,000 people have signed a petition demanding that ABC bring back Tim Allen’s cancelled sitcom Last Man Standing in order to preserve “conservative values”.
ABC dropped the sitcom along with American Crime, Dr. Ken and Secrets and Lies in order to make room in its jam-packed fall schedule for the likes of Marvel’s The Inhumans and a new comedy from Scrubs‘ Zach Braff (among other newbies).
Now, a Change.org petition has been started by fans of the show demanding that ABC defend “conservative ideals” and renew Last Man Standing because it’s one of the few series not “constantly shoving liberal ideals down the throats of the viewers”.
Okeeeeeeeey… It seems they have one major supporter in Tim Allen himself. The Toy Story star went all in on ABC in a tweet accusing the networking of ‘blindsiding’ him with the late cancellation.
“Stunned and blindsided by the network I called home for the last six years,” the famously conservative comedian tweeted on Tuesday (May 16).
ABC president Channing Dungey got her first chance to respond to the backlash during her call with reporters at the Upfronts earlier in the day — and she stood by her decision to axe Last Man Standing.
“I cancelled Last Man Standing for the same business and scheduling reasons that I cancelled Dr. Ken, The Real O’Neals, The Catch and American Crime,” she explained.
“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.”
That decision to remove comedy entirely from Fridays this autumn will see Once Upon a Time moving into Last Man Standing’s timeslot. Word to the wise for angry Last Man Standing fans, you definitely don’t want to mess with Once Upon a Time‘s passionately loyal fandom.
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