Published: Sat, August 04, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Drew Collins

Tim Allen: Expect centrist 'Last Man,' not vocal Trump fan

Tim Allen: Expect centrist 'Last Man,' not vocal Trump fan

"When I heard the offer to create more episodes of Last Man Standing, I did a fist pump so hard I threw my back out".

Comedian Tim Allen speaks out on ABC's firing of Roseanne Barr. "He probably doesn't defend him".

Along with discussing Barr, Allen also spoke about how as a stand-up comedian, he has had to dial his content back a bit in recent times, admitting that he even warns his audiences who attend his shows that the language he uses may be sensitive in nature.

"We had a bank of stuff" already written assuming that Clinton would win, Allen says - "pantsuit stuff", as he puts it.

That lead to a backlash from some cast members, the network and some fans.


'I think of the character as a fairly centrist viewpoint. But the revived "Roseanne" was an "issue-of-the-week" comedy, and "we don't 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".

In May, Barr went on the Twitter offensive about Valerie Jarrett, a former Obama aide. Barr has both apologized for and denied knowing it would be seen as bigoted.

If the show's approach holds, "Last Man Standing's" handling of Baxter's politics would be less forward-facing than that of the writers of "Roseanne", another program that aired on ABC until it was canceled in a cloud of controversy. "It's a very icy time", he said. While he concedes Mike Baxter is "a conservative Republican", he says Trump's administration and policies won't be a topic of conversation on the show: "I don't think we're going to address it one way or the other". Oscar-winning actress and comedian Monique Hicks, better known as Mo'Nique, last week declared that she would stand by her "sister in comedy" and called on the public to forgive the former TV mom. And a fist pump, ouch, for [Fox Television Group CEOs] Dana Walden and Gary Newman at Fox for not only listening to the fans, but for making the bold move to bring Last Man Standing back.

In a follow-up interview, Newman said he doesn't "anticipate" the show being "more political" than when it was on ABC. "I think that it was too early and we're here because of it".

'(Last Man Standing) was a challenging one for me because it was a steady performer in the ratings, ' Dungey said.

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