Comedian Tim Allen has run afoul of the censorship squad at ABC TV again, telling “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno that the network has made “politically correct … the mode for me.”
This time, Allen said, the network clamped down on what he could and couldn’t say about race in the Nov. 16 episode of his program “Last Man Standing.”
“Tomorrow night’s episode is about race, and it’s like we went back to the ’80s – what we can and cannot say on the network,” Allen told Leno. “They say, ‘That’s too offensive, you come off this way and that way.’”
Earlier in the interview he confessed, “Politically correct has really been the mode for me because we, they’ve moved ‘Last Man Standing’ to, we finally got a night on Friday. And we’ve had, for some reason, we’ve had a good amount of success with it. And now we have standards and practice.”
As WND reported, ABC clamped down on the Nov. 2 season premiere of “Last Man Standing” as well, stomping on the script for calling the president a communist.
“[Executive producer Tim] Doyle and Allen did have to fight the network and studio on some content,” TV Guide originally reported. “Specifically, Allen says the standards department took issue with his character calling Obama a communist.
“Allen fought to keep that in – noting he finds it funny when conservatives paint the president with that label,” the report continued, “but it appears he lost that battle, as none of the references made the final cut.”
TV Guide reports that Allen, a rare Republican in Hollywood who helped GOP presidential candidate John McCain raise funds in the 2008 election, off the air leans “slightly right of center.” On the air, Allen plays “Mike Baxter,” a feisty conservative character that Allen has likened to a modern-day Archie Bunker.
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