Comedian and actor George Lopez defended his claim that television became “whiter” after his show was canceled when CNN host Chris Wallace asked him a “point question.”
In an appearance on “Who's Talking to Chris Wallace?” the 62-year-old star, who is of Mexican descent, responded to a direct question about his opinion on “The George Lopez Show” being canceled while ABC picked up a new show at the time called “Cavemen “.
“I get kicked out by…a caveman and it shows that I over-performed because I'm not owned by [ABC Television Studios]… So a… Chicano can't be on TV, but a… Caveman can? Lopez said in 2007, the Los Angeles Times reports.
“And already a Chicano with an audience? You know when you get into this shows don't last forever, but this was a big show and to do it unceremoniously hurts. One hundred and seventy people lost their jobs,” he added, after declaring that “television has just gone back to being very, very white.”
Wallace addressed the issue during the interview on his series.
“So I have a quick question for you. I'll just say, one of the things I've noticed is when your shows get canceled, whether it's the talk show, whether it's the sitcom and you know , shows get canceled and TV, which you sometimes do is racial, that after you canceled one of those shows, you said TV went white again,” Wallace said.
“Yes, it was 2007,” Lopez noted.
“You really think that's what it was all about, the cancellation?” Wallace asked.
“Um, I… Well, you know, I got replaced with a caveman show on ABC. So I'd probably say no, but TV just got whiter,” Lopez responded after appearing reflect on your answer.
“I would say it's a two-pronged response. I don't think it was racially motivated. I think it was economic,” he continued.
“But I think television got whiter that day. So yeah, and no. But for us to have a show is a big thing, Chris, you know, and for somebody else to have a show is something important,” said Lopez.
“So, you know, if I fail, I fail for everybody. But if another actor fails, who's not Latino, he can just go to another show, maybe another network. It just makes it harder for us,” he said. tell Wallace. “So when we leave, I think it hurts a little more, it hits a little, a little deeper than when you really care about something. You know, plant your flag.”
“I think part of it is that I'm not going to sit here and tell you that race has nothing to do with it, because it's not true, but it doesn't have everything to do with it,” concluded the comedian.
In 2007, Lopez had lamented the cancellation of his show after a “good run”.
ABC, he said, has 'unceremoniously' canceled his self-titled sitcom, which chronicled his personal life over the years, from his sad childhood growing up with an abusive grandmother, to his alcoholism and transplant kidney,” the Los Angeles Times reported at the time.
“Lopez said that Steve McPherson, ABC's president of prime-time entertainment, called him over the weekend to explain that “financially” it wasn't working out, that the network would lose money if it picked up the program,” the outlet added. . “That explanation was painful to hear, Lopez said, given the way the network has shuffled its show over the years — four different timeslots in five years — and pitting it against 'American Idol.' over and over again.”
“We were treated from the bottom of the deck,” Lopez said at the time. “Which is hard to take after what was a good run.”
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