Allen also explained how he wanted “Last Man Standing” ― where he played the conservative Christian family man Mike Baxter ― to be like “All in the Family“.
This week, Allen – who once compared being a non-liberal in Hollywood to being in 1930s Germany – appeared on Norm Macdonald’s podcast and said that the show’s cancellation was “handled very badly”.
And Allen, who has been open about his support for President Donald Trump, says that the cancellation ultimately came down to politics. Carroll O’Connor was not that guy at all. I’m a version of that guy, but I said there’s nothing more risky, especially in this climate, than a amusing, likable conservative.
“There’s nothing more risky to me, especially in this climate, than a amusing, likeable conservative”, Allen continued. Because [Mike Baxter] was mitigated on the show by a family of all women that had different opinions.
On Wednesday, Allen spoke with the Deseret News and when asked whether he believes there is a place for likable conservative characters on network TV, he replied, “No, not in this present environment”. They put us out to pasture on Friday and we won Friday. It was the second-most watched comedy behind Modern Family for ABC, but #8 in the demographic. Big night for us.
Later in the long interview, Allen returns, in a way, to the topic of political correctness, noting that when he did the Santa Claus movies, they used children actors, not “human beings that don’t grow to big height”, then launches into a short bit about whether to use the words “midgets, height challenged”, etc. “If you’re not part of the group, you know, ‘What we believe is right!’ I go, ‘Well I might have a problem with that.’ I’m a comedian, I like going on both sides”. They didn’t let them know until late June. “That show brought all of us together and it was an unbelievable occurrence”.