Backlash is good for business, Molly Ephraim’s exit from Last Man Standing is a rating gold mine for the show’s new home at FOX.
Season 7 of Last Man Standing revealed a new Mandy Baxter who is now being played by Molly McCook.
Many believe that Ephraim’s departure might have something to do with co-star and executive producer’s Tim Allen’s support of Donald Trump.
Ephraim’s fans were quick to jump on social media to say #notmymandy and to criticize McCook.
One person said: “Nope. Don’t like the new Mandy. Nothing against the actress personally. Just don’t like that they went from a petite brunette to a tall blonde. It’s very distracting and doesn’t seem to fit.”
Another commenter made this valid point, Kristin Beth Baxter is now played by Amanda Fuller, but the original star was Alexandra Krosney who left after one season.
The fan wrote: “People saying #notmymandy who are angry over @mollyjmccook taking over as #newmandy seem to forget – Kristen isn’t the original Kristen and Ryan isn’t the original Ryan. It all worked out just fine. @LastManStanding is back, and that’s what’s important! #LastManStanding.”
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That's a wrap for meeee on Halt & Catch Fire down in Atlanta. They made me look incredibly sleek and cool and profesh and not at all like I had a zit on my face that may well be my parasitic twin finally emerging. Excellent people, incredible show, unlimited fried chicken and pimento cheese. A completely awesome treat. ❤️
This third supporter claimed: “As much as My girlfriend @dianabray and I love that @LastManStanding has returned, thank you @FOXTV, we both agree that’s #NOTmymandy @mollyephraim4 please come back your 6’ 2” evil twin is just not acceptable…and blonde what??!?! We want our Audrey Hepburn look-a-like.”
Showrunner Kevin Abbott said that they expected the drama and added: “We fully expected it. You don’t take a character played by an actress that’s beloved and suddenly switch them out. I’m glad they missed Molly Ephraim, that’s a good thing. And they’re going to go through the same process we did in casting. She’s not doing an imitation of Molly Ephraim playing Mandy; she’s playing Mandy her own way. We put her in a tough situation in that first episode she’s replacing a beloved actress, and we have her in opposition of Mike and Eve who are very well loved obviously. We had to do that for the story, but she’s not going to be in opposition to Mike in the upcoming episodes and hopefully they can see her shine.”
ABC must be regretting their decision to cancel the show because it delivered the biggest audience for a Fox comedy in seven years with 8 million viewers.