Last Man Standing is an ABC sitcom that follows blue collar Republican Mike Baxter (played by comedic actor Tim Allen) as he struggles to take on increased parental roles when his wife decides to go back to work.
The show, which frequently has conservative values, was abruptly cancelld last week despite six successful seasons. ABC says the show was cancelled for “scheduling” reasons.
As I wrote in a previous article, Tim Allen has previously spoken about how hard it is to be a conservative in liberal-dominated Hollywood. Allen’s Last Man Standing character was a conservative, and the network has been accused of cancelling the show for political reasons.
Allen says he’s “stunned and blindsided by the network I called home for the last six years.”
Last Man Standing was one of ABC’s highest-rated comedies, coming in second place behind Modern Family with an average of 8.1 million viewers.
A petition to reinstate the show has earned over 100,000 signatures in less than a week. As the petition points out, some characters in Last Man Standing “are clearly of the liberal persuasion.” The sitcom “is about more than politics…it is about family.”
Last Man Standing is the only sitcom “that is not constantly shoving liberal ideas down the throats of viewers. And sadly, that is likely the reason the show has been canceled,” reads the petition.
Amanda Fuller, who plays Allen’s daughter Kristen, is touched by fans’ strong response.
“To all the devoted ‘Last Man Standing’ fans, thank you,” she wrote. “I believe in the power that lies in storytelling being a mirror to our world, representing all voices…and for that reason I have always been proud and honored to be a part of Last Man Standing, the only sitcom today that I feel truly strived to do that.”