AceShowbiz - Tim Allen is speaking out about longtime friend Roseanne Barr from her conservative show "Roseanne". The "Last Man Standing" actor told reporters during his appearance at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour on Thursday, July 2, that the Roseanne he recently talked with was not the person he used to know.
"I go way back with Rosie, and that's not the Roseanne that I know," Allen said. "She was the most diverse and tolerant woman I've ever known for a long time. So, whatever got in her head isn't the Roseanne that I know."
"It's a very icy time. I've been a 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," he added. "Who makes up these rules? And as a stand-up comic, it's a dangerous position to be in because I like pushing buttons. It's unfortunate."
When asked if ABC made the right decision by firing Barr and canceling "Roseanne", Allen simply answered, "They had to do what they had to do and it's their decision."
Meanwhile, "Last Man Standing" showrunner Kevin Abbott claimed that the show, which is revived by FOX after ABC canceled it, would be different from "Roseanne". "The 'Roseanne' reboot handled a lot of topical issues, they did the issue of the week," Abbott pointed out. "We're not going to sex it up, or outrage it up, in order to fit the profile of anything."
Besides Allen, "The Cool Kids" actor Martin Mull also addressed the cancellation of the working-class series reboot following Barr's racist tweets towards Valerie Jarrett. Mull, who starred on the original "Roseanne" series, said, "They did what they had to do. My own dealings with Rosie never indicated to me anyone who would write that tweet. I certainly don't approve of the tweet. I never saw that in her. But I did see things in her that were inexplicable."