ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey is setting the record straight on the decision to cancel “Last Man Standing.”
The series got the axe in May after six seasons, leading star Tim Allen to tweet that he felt “stunned and blindsided” by the decision. The cancellation led to viewer outcry, with some fans wondering if Allen’s outspoken conservative political view may have led to the show being axed.
“Politics had absolutely nothing to do with it — we have actors on our shows who have all sorts of different political views,” Dungey said at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour on Sunday.
“Tim Allen is a valuable part of the Disney ABC family and has been for a very, very long time,” she continued. “‘Last Man Standing’ was a show that, several years running, kind of came up to the very end in terms of the renewal, which was the same case this year.”
The exec said that the cancellation “was a disappointment to me because it was a high-quality show that was very well done.” But she added the network could no longer find a place for it on the schedule.