Tim Allen has broken his silence on ABC's decision to cancel his comedy "Last Man Standing".
The Change.org petition to save the show has now racked up more than 215,000 signatures.
The petition has drawn close to 100,000 signatures in 72 hours, and is expected to keep drawing intense interest from vexed viewers.
Earlier this month, Allen's show, "Last Man Standing" was cancelled in the middle of its sixth season. The longtime sitcom 2 Broke Girls was also recently axed, surprising many people, but there was obviously no political motivation there. The show is about more than politics though, it is about family.
Dungey added that though "Last Man Standing" averaged 8.1 million viewers a week, the network decided not to continue with Friday night comedies. "I have cancelled the DVR settings for the other ABC shows that I regularly watch".
"We didn't design it like this, like we are different from everybody else, but Last Man Standing, in syndication now, it can go anywhere".
"I can't believe that I am supposed to be ok with shows like Grays Anatomy or Nashville or any other show that promotes LGBT blah blah blah., WHATEVER!" But Entertainment Weekly reports that the show pulled in a strong 8 million viewers on Friday nights before being canceled. She conceded in answer to a later question that intangibles like political climate factor into network programming decisions.
"Last Man Standing" was canceled after airing for six seasons on ABC.
The petition also calls for a boycott of ABC shows until "Last Man Standing" is returned to the airwaves. She torched ABC's decision on her personal Facebook page in a scathing post taken by many as anti-gay.
Allen himself has been an outspoken conservative, and during a March appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" "You get beat up if you don't believe what everybody believes".
In addition, it was reported that Dungey also said the cancellation came because the show was produced by 20th Century Fox, and since ABC makes less money off shows that aren't produced by ABC Studios, it was becoming too expensive to leave it on the air.
"To all the devoted "Last Man Standing" fans, thank you", she wrote in a lengthy note.
The show has had consistently low ratings throughout its run, but kept getting renewed against expectations.
Fans are fighting ABC's decision with numerous online petitions and the fans are even shopping for another network to pick up the show Last Man Standing in case ABC won't change their mind and a plan B is needed.