Petition to Save Tim Allen’s Hit ABC Show Passes 115,000 Signatures; Star Says He’s ‘Stunned’

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By Heat Street Staff | 2:55 pm, May 16, 2017
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Struggling ABC today unveiled its 2017-18 schedule, a last-ditch attempt at a turnaround after a limpid, hit free 2016-17 television year. But talk about the liberal network, owned by Disney, is still revolving around the backlash against the controversial cancellation of their hit show Last Man Standing.

Tim Allen himself broke his silence tweeting: “Stunned and blindsided by the network I called home for the last six years. . ‘ A petition on  protesting the decision and calling for a boycott of ABC has generated over 115,000 supporters.

Petition author Deputy Matt wrote: “Last Man Standing stands out in the sea of network television sitcoms.
He added: “Last Man Standing is one of the only shows on broadcast television, and the only sitcom, that is not constantly shoving liberal ideals down the throats of the viewers. And sadly, that is likely the real reason the show has been cancelled.”

The petition continued: “The intent of this petition/boycott is to attempt to get ABC to renew the show. With that in mind, I will no longer be watching any ABC shows… If you want to help try to save Last Man Standing, I encourage you to do the same.”

The petition has certainly struck a nerve among viewers of Last Man Standing. It was ABC’s second-most-watched comedy this past season, with 8.1 million viewers, only behind Modern Family.

The protest illustrates that many viewers of the show think that the decision is being made by liberal ABC, owned by Disney, primarily because the series is about an unashamedly conservative character (Mike Baxter) played by a conservative actor. Allen told Jimmy Kimmel in March that living in Hollywood right now was akin to being in Nazi Germany.

On Tuesday, ABC’s beleaguered Entertainment President Channing Dungey told reporters on a conference call that politics had nothing to do with the cancellation. “Once we made the decision not to continue with comedy on Friday, it was just kind of that’s where we landed,” she said, according to Variety.

ABC is sticking, however, with two politically oriented shows — Designated Survivor and Scandal — that have been criticized for their heavily liberal slant.

Designated Survivor, an expensive, high priority show, stars the liberal Canadian Kiefer Sutherland (the grandson of socialist icon Tommy Douglas). Kerry Washington, the star of Scandal, has openly anti-Trump views, going so far as to wear a politically charged safety pin to the red carpet.

The most powerful producer by far at ABC, Shonda Rhimes, is a staunch and outspoken liberal who often weaves liberal political themes into her shows that include Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy and How to Get Away With Murder.

ABC has also of late been dogged by allegations of pronounced bias against and mockery of Middle America in its recent failed shows The Real O’Neals (which made fun of Catholics) and When We Rise (which portrayed religious Americans as bigots).

Furthermore, its staunchly liberal news division has come under pressure from President Trump this year after he accused “Chief Global Affairs Correspondent” Martha Raddatz of crying on the air on election night. ABC’s grandiosely titled “Chief Anchor and the Chief Political Correspondent” George Stephanopoulos, who makes more than $10 million a year, is a former top Clinton operative who’s given at least $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation.

He was forced to recuse himself from moderating debates during the 2016 election, but has maintained his grip on ABC News’ flagship broadcast, Good Morning America, despite cratering ratings. ABC’s ultimate boss, Disney CEO Bob Iger, is believed to be seriously considering a run for president as a Democrat.