Petitions and boycotts against ABC are building after the network unexpectedly canceled its hit "Last Man Standing," a move critics believe was prompted by star Tim Allen's outspoken conservative politics and support for President Trump.
"'Last Man Standing' is one of the only shows on broadcast television, and the only sitcom, that is not constantly shoving liberal ideals down the throats of the viewers. And sadly, that is likely the real reason the show has been cancelled," said a new petition on Change.org which collected nearly 10,000 signatures overnight.
"With a plethora of ultra-liberal shows available on television, this show stood out from the rest and motivated conservatives who voted for President Trump. Please demand that Congress investigate whether LMS was cancelled for political reasons," said another on PetitionCongress.org.
Their appeals to ABC followed a blunt statement from Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker that the cancellation reeked of politics.
"Looks like @ABC is playing politics with your show despite decent ratings. Sad," Walker tweeted.
The show over six seasons was a big hit for ABC and ranked second in ratings behind Modern Family, making the cancellation even more odd. Allen and ABC haven't commented yet.
Secrets interviewed Allen during Trump's Inauguration. We found him in the VIP section on the Capitol grounds.
Allen, the voice of the space adventurer in the Toy Story movie series, and also the star of Last Man Standing and Home Improvement, said that he has high hopes that Trump will make good on his Inaugural Address promise to overhaul the nation's infrastructure.
Noting Trump's background as a developer, Allen, a rare Hollywood supporter, told Secrets, "That's in his wheelhouse. He's a worker." He added, "He can do that."
Allen, who attended the event with his wife, said that Trump appears to be focused on "realistic" projects that he can complete.
He said that the two once did a long, 6-hour charity dinner, and had lots of time to talk. Allen said, "He's a reasonable guy and also a huge listener. And he asks good questions."
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org