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Tim Allen 'Blindsided' by 'Last Man Standing' Cancellation

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Actor Tim Allen attends the 100th episode celebration of ABC's "Last Man Standing" at CBS Studios - Radford on Jan. 12, 2016, in Studio City, California. (Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 18 May 2017 05:15 AM

Tim Allen was "blindsided" by ABC's decision last week to cancel his comedy TV show "Last Man Standing" after six seasons without any negotiations, the comic said in a reaction on Twitter.

"Stunned and blindsided by the network I called home for the last six years," Allen tweeted Tuesday.

The network said the cancellation was a “scheduling decision,” Fox News reported, but many thought the show was canceled because Allen’s character Mike Baxter espoused conservative values on the show, and because of Allen’s own comments that it was “hard to be a conservative in Hollywood.”

A Change.org petition to bring the show back has gathered more than 260,000 signatures in less than a week’s time.

"Last Man Standing" aired Friday nights at 8 and was the highest-rated network show in its time slot, the second-highest on the network after “Modern Family,” and the third-highest of all scripted shows on the network behind “Modern Family” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Although no cast members commented to news outlets about the show's cancellation, Nancy Travis, who plays Allen's character's wife Vanessa, repeatedly retweeted fans' calls to boycott ABC until they bring back the show.

Amanda Fuller, who plays daughter Kristen, also tweeted an emotional note about being part of the show.

“I believe in the power that lies in storytelling being a mirror to our world, representing all voices ... and for that reason I have always been proud and honored to be a part of ‘Last Man Standing,’ the only sitcom today that I feel truly strived to do that.”

ABC President Channing Dungey explained the decision by saying the network was changing its lineup on Fridays away from comedies and canceled the show for “business and scheduling reasons” along with several other shows, including companion Friday comedy “Dr. Ken.”

This tweet about summed up the average fan reaction to the cancellation:

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