You’ll be speechless when you see why Tim Allen’s show went off the air

Tim Allen made his name as one of his generation’s premiere stand-up comics.

Allen then became a star of TV and movies.

And you’ll be speechless when you see why Tim Allen’s show went off the air.

Why Home Improvement ended

Home Improvement ran for eight seasons on ABC.

The show placed in the top ten each year.

And Home Improvement’s finale in 1999 became the ninth overall highest-rated finale episode of all time, with more than 35 percent of households in America tuned in.

The show was a vehicle for Tim Allen and his brand of comedy that focused on men and their obsession with power tools and appliances.

Allen portrayed Tim Taylor, a former Binford Tool salesman who hosted his own Tool Time show.

Home Improvement also focused on the Taylor family dynamic with wife Jill and children Mark, Brad, and Randy all holding starring roles.

Patricia Richardson played Jill Taylor, the matriarch of the family who lovingly would run the household and put Tim in his place when he got too big for his britches.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Richardson revealed the show ended after eight years because she quit over a pay dispute.

“I told everybody, ‘There’s not enough money in the world to get me to do a ninth year,'” Richardson told the Times.

“This show is over. It needs to end,” Richardson added.

Richardson said Disney – which owned ABC – would never pay her as much per episode as Allen since he was the star of the show.

The pay dispute 

Disney reportedly offered Richardson $1 million per episode and Allen $2 million per episode for a 25-episode ninth season, but Richardson turned down the deal.

“I knew that Disney would in no way pay me that much,” Richardson added.

Richardson said she wanted to spend more time with her family following her divorce, but that she also resented Disney paying her less than Allen during the show’s run and this was her revenge. 

“That was my way to say ‘no’ and was a little bit of a flip-off to Disney. I’d been there all this time, and they never even paid me a third of what Tim was making, and I was working my ass off. I was a big reason why women were watching,” Richarson continued.

Richardson quitting the show caused a rift with Allen

Allen was onboard for doing a ninth season.

Richardson bizarrely felt that Allen painted her like the villain for canceling a show that viewers still adored.

“I was mad at Tim because he was leaving me alone being the only person saying no, which made me feel terrible and like the bad guy,” Richardson explained.

But Richardson wasn’t the only one who walked away with hard feelings.

Richardson revealed that Allen “was upset with me for leaving.”

Without Richardson, the show couldn’t continue, as Tim Taylor’s family life was the endearing story that drew viewers into the show.

Home Improvement co-creator and executive producer Carmen Finestra said they couldn’t “remember one discussion” about having Home Improvement continue if Richarson quit because “it just couldn’t have worked.”

Executive producer Elliot Shoenman confirmed that was the case, saying, “Without her, it just didn’t make any sense.”

Richardson and Allen later repaired their relationship enough for Richardson to guest star on Allen’s next hit show, Last Man Standing, and Richardson told the Times she “never stopped loving working with him.”

*Renewed Right Official Polling*

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