Tim Allen has broken his silence on the recent controversy surrounding his friend and fellow comedian Roseanne Barr.
The 65-year-old actor addressed the situation while attending the 2018 Television Critics Association’s press tour on Thursday. Reporters asked Allen about Barr’s firing from ABC over a racist tweet directed at former Obama White House official Valerie Jarrett.
“I go way back with Rosie and that’s not the Rosie I know,” Allen told reporters. “She was the most diverse and tolerant woman I’ve ever known for a long time. Whatever got in her head, isn’t the Roseanne I know.”
Allen, whose sitcom “Last Man Standing” was revived by FOX following its cancellation on ABC last year, said it’s “a very icy time” to be a comedian.
“I’m a veteran comedian for 38 years and I’ve never seen it, like Lenny Bruce said at the Purple Onion: ‘We’ve gone backwards.’ There are things you can’t say. There are things you shouldn’t say.
“Who makes up these rules? And as a standup comic, it’s a dangerous position to be in because I like pushing buttons. It’s unfortunate.”
The “Toy Story” star said he was “heartbroken” by ABC’s decision to axe his sitcom, which ran for six seasons on the network, but he doesn’t believe it was a “political decision.”
“I think it was a financial decision,” he said. “I thought it was done very poorly, that’s my point of view. I was heartbroken.”
During the panel, Allen was asked whether his character in “Last Man Standing” is a Trump supporter, to which he replied, “I think the guy is a centrist. This guy’s a practical guy… if it’s helping his business, I think he’s probably pro-Trump. [But] he probably doesn’t defend him.”
“Last Man Standing” will return for a seventh season on FOX in September.