Tim Allen, right, he broke the silence on Roseanne Barr’s firing from ABC after she posted a racist tweet about a former Obama administration official in May.
LOS ANGELES – Tim Allen is speaking out on involved television star, Roseanne Barr.
When asked about the cancellation of her namesake show by ABC after a racist tweet Barr posted about a former Obama administration official in May, All expressed multiple times that that is not the same person that he knows.
“You know, I go way back with Rosie and that is not the Roseanne I know,” The “Last Man Standing” star told reporters in 2018, the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, California. on Thursday.
“My mother and I went through this,” Allen, 65, recalled.
“And she goes, ‘What do they mean?” and I said: I don’t know,” Allen admitted.
“She was the most diverse and tolerant women I’ve ever known for a long time,” he continued. “So, what got in her head is not Roseanne, I know.”
The actor, who went on to say that “it’s a very icy time,” adding that in his 38-year span of a comedian, he has ” never seen.”
“As Lenny Bruce said at the Purple Onion,” We have gone backwards,'” Allen explained. “There are things that you can’t say, things you should not say, and I said,” Who makes those rules?’
“And, as a stand-up comedian, it is a very dangerous position for me, because I like pushing buttons and we are all very sensitive,” he continued.
“And, I don’t know what Roseanne… but I say unto you, that is not the woman I know. What came out of that what they said they were inclusive and tolerant, it is a pity.”
When further pressed on the question of whether ABC is the right call by the termination of Barr after her remarks, Allen added, “They had to do what she had to do, and that is their decision. I’m just on the other side. I know Barr, and she is simply not that person.”
Together with the discussion of Barr, Allen also spoke about how as a stand-up comedian, he has had to call his content back a bit in recent times to admit that he even warns his audiences that are present shows that the language which he used, may be sensitive in nature.
“I visualize the audience and I tell them in advance that I’m going to say this and I know that they are offensive to you – let us decide why they are offensive and that to make that decision,” he said. “I have a whole bit about the PC is correct and is what it is.”
He added: “I understand where we are, and we have a number of adaptations and I said that I like pushing stuff and making everyone laugh on stage, but you take things I said out of context? We were laughing about this and it’s not even funny.”