“Stunned and blindsided by the network I called home for the last six years,” Allen tweeted in May, after his multi-cam comedy was pulled after six seasons. His suggestion that his conservative politics played into the decision took off when picked up by conservative radio and TV news commentators, in the absence of another credible explanation from the network. The surprise pull was a head scratcher, given that the blue-collar sitcom was ABC’s second most watched comedy in its most recent season, with 8.1 million viewers in Live +7, only behind flagship Modern Family (8.7 million).
“Politics had absolutely nothing to do with it,” Dungey told TV critics, insisting the network’s schedule is populated with actors who have “different points of view” politically. Allen was a “valuable” member “of the ABC Family and has been a long time.” Dungey’s explanation for the cancellation is that Last Man Standing “came up to the end” of its pact and the network “unfortunately was not able to create room for it” on the schedule, which she called “disappointing.”
“His personal politics had nothing to do with it,” she reiterated.