Tim Allen on Roseanne Firing: Comedy's 'Dangerous' in Today's PC Culture

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Everett Collection FOX; Illustration Dillen Phelps

Last Man Standing is losing a couple familiar faces in the transition from ABC to Fox, but it sounds like the show will gain a new one. According to executive producer Kevin Abbott, the hole in the cast will be filled by a Chinese exchange student who comes to stay with the family. But Mike Baxter probably isn't a vocal defender of President Donald Trump, Allen told TV critics Thursday. "We had a bank of stuff" already written assuming that Clinton would win, Allen says - "pantsuit stuff", as he puts it.

We've teased as of late that Last Man Standing season 7 is going to need to address a number of different things about their plans.

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.

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Allen warned it was a "very icy time" in the comedy industry, suggesting that a hostile attitude to free speech had left him concerned about not being able to cover controversial issues for fear of getting into trouble.

Tim Allen's popular character won't be stripped of his conservative streak when the hit show lands at Fox on September 28 at 8 p.m. EDT. "This guy's a practical guy... if it's helping his business, I think he's probably pro-Trump". And, he acknowledged, the success of Roseanne reminded them family comedy with a "strong central character" plays well in the "middle of the country" which he called a "pretty powerful show to have".

On Thursday, Allen said he believes the decision was "a financial decision", echoing the language used by ABC in justifying their move.

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In fact, Allen reveals that he and the Last Man writing staff were actually disappointed when Hillary Clinton lost to Trump in the 2016 election... because they had so much material saved up. "I've worked for ABC for years", he said. I think it was too early [to cancel the show]. "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". "All of you. man, I'm telling you. we would not be standing here [without the fans]".

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