Tim Allen paid tribute to the late Kirsty Alley after she died on Monday at the age of 71 after a short battle with colon cancer.
The 69-year-old actor said he was “deeply saddened” to hear of his For Richer or Poorer co-star’s death and reflected on how he wanted him to be remembered.
“I wish I could emphasize how independent her mind is and how beautiful her mind is and how organic her mind is in her heart. It’s hard and she never imposes it on another person.”
KIRSTIE ALLEY DIES AT 71
“Of course he liked people who disagreed with him, and he said that and how important it is to have other people – when you hear the word tolerance, it confuses you and then attacks you.”
On the 2021 episode of Tucker Carlson Tonight, Alley expressed surprise at the backlash for his support of former President Trump.
The star recalled working on the project five years ago, when he first expressed his desire to vote for Trump. After her public comments, some producers said they had the same intentions but kept quiet for fear of “never working again” — and Alley said she knows they’re right.
“People say, ‘You’re so brave.’ I go, ‘No, I think I’m stupid,'” he said. “Because honestly, it’s a real situation. And it’s a real draft situation. And it’s really weird to me because most of the artists are free thinkers.”
Alley told Carlson that she never considered herself a very political person, referring to her time starring on the popular ’80s sitcom.“ he remembered that different political views are always welcome.
During her career, the actress pointed out how many of her co-stars would engage in various illegal or socially shameful acts, such as in order to support conservative thinking, without facing the same consequences that many people today face. ir like drug use.
“You can smoke meth and sleep with hookers, but you probably didn’t vote for Trump,” he said. “I feel a little bit off about the whole Twilight Zone concept.”
“I’ve had a lot of celebrities follow me on Twitter, and now I think three follow me,” she told Carlson at the time. “I’m the same person. I’m the girl who voted for Obama twice. And I’m like, ‘Oh, I liked you when I voted for Obama, and now you’re this?’ forced to consider.”
Alley supported Trump in the 2016 and 2020 elections and has been outspoken about some of his conservative beliefs on social media.
Allen, who spoke about the backlash he received because of his conservative values, said Alley was a “wonderful” expression of his openness to other people’s viewpoints.
“He said it better than I could, just amazing,” he said. “Of course I care about the environment. Of course I care about people’s rights and all that.”
“Sure, I love other people’s opinions.” And he just kept saying that,” he added.
“And it refers to people who attack you and call themselves tolerant. You can’t do both. It’s very confusing for someone who loves – I love other people’s opinions. I have a lot of different I have opinions.”
The “Home Improvement” alum reiterated that it’s “difficult” to be around people who “attack you” and “call themselves ‘intolerant.’
“It doesn’t make much sense,” he added.
“And I’m not sure we’re talking about the same word, because I like other people’s opinions. And he was. He was great, he was,” he concluded.
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Allen and Alley starred together in the 1997 romantic comedy For Richer or Poorer, in which they played a wealthy Manhattan couple facing marital and financial problems. Eventually they are forced to go into hiding and pose as members of the Amish community to hide from the IRS.
After news of Alley’s death broke Monday night, Allen paid tribute to her on social media.
“Sweet soul passes on Christy Alley. Sad, sad news. Prayers for all her family,” Allen wrote on Twitter.
Angelica Stabile contributed to this report.
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