Tim Allen's Last Man Standing Character Won't Be Labeled as Pro

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Everett Collection FOX; Illustration Dillen Phelps

According to Entertainment Weekly, the comedian - whose sitcom "Last Man Standing" was canceled past year by ABC before being rescued by Fox - said during a panel at the Television Critics Association press tour that the network "had to do what they had to do" when it came to firing Barr.

Tim Allen has spoken out in defense of the Roseanne Barr he once knew.

ABC terminated Barr from the smash-hit revival of Roseanne after she tweeted a racially charged remark, in which she compared former senior Obama aide Valerie Jarrett to an ape.

Tim Allen is standing by his friend Roseanne Barr.

"Like Lenny Bruce said at the Purple Onion, 'We've gone backwards, '" Allen explained.

The "Home Improvement" icon said that although Barr's tweet was not consistent with "the Roseanne" that he used to know, he also questioned who "makes up" the rules on what a comedian should or shouldn't say and branded the current climate a "dangerous" environment. As a stand-up comic, it's a very risky position for me to be in because I like pushing buttons. I don't really believe it was a political decision.

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"I visualize to the audience and I tell them ahead of time, I'm going to be saying these and I know they're offensive to you - let's decide why they're offensive and who's making that decision", he said. She then began to rage and let out a primal scream: "I thought the bitch was white!"

But Mike Baxter probably isn't a vocal defender of President Donald Trump, Allen told TV critics Thursday.

"Last Man Standing" isn't rushing to pick up the "Roseanne" pro-Trump mantle when it starts life at its new network this fall. "Whatever's good for his business and good for the state of Colorado, the policies and stuff, he's going to go with [that]", he said. "It was their second most successful comedy behind 'Modern Family.' We think it has a lot of legs". "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. He holds those ideals, but the character himself, I don't think we're going to address [Trump] one way or the other", Abbott said. "We consider ourselves a family show with a traditional character at the center of it, which is only unusual in today's environment".

The final season of "Last Man Standing" averaged almost 6 million weekly viewers, more than some other ABC series that were brought back, including "black-ish", "Shark Tank" and "The Goldbergs".

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