Chris Wallace calls George Lopez out on ‘making it racial’ whenever his tv shows get canceled

Comedian and actor George Lopez defended his claim that television became “whiter” after his show was canceled when he was asked a “pointed question” by CNN anchor Chris Wallace.

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 take on “The George Lopez Show” getting canceled while ABC picked up a new show at the time called “Cavemen.”

“I get kicked out for a…caveman and shows that I out-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 as reported by the Los Angeles Times.

“And a Chicano with an audience already? You know when you get in this that shows do not last forever, but this was an important show and to go unceremoniously like this hurts. One hundred seventy people lost their jobs,” he added, after declaring “TV just became really, really white again.”

Wallace broached the subject during the interview on his series.


“So I have a pointed question to ask you. I’m just going to tell you, one of the things I’ve noticed is that when your shows are canceled, whether it was the talk show whether it was the sitcom and you know, shows and TV get canceled, that you sometimes make it racial, that after one of those shows was canceled, you said TV just really became white again,” Wallace said.

“Yes, that was 2007,” Lopez noted.

“Do you really think that’s what it was about, the canceling?” Wallace asked.

“Um, I… Well, you know, they replaced me with a caveman show on ABC. So I would probably say, no, but TV did become whiter,” Lopez replied after seeming to mull over his answer.

“I would say it’s a two-part answer. I don’t think that it was racially motivated. I think it was financial,” he continued.

“But I do think that TV became whiter that day. So yes, and no. But for us to get a show, it’s a big thing, Chris, you know, and for somebody else to get a show is a big thing,” Lopez said.

“So, you know, if I fail, I fail for everybody. But if another actor fails, who’s not Latino, they just can go to another show, to maybe to another network. It just becomes harder for us,” he told Wallace. “So when we go away, I think it hurts a little bit more, it strikes a little bit, strikes a little bit deeper than when you really care about something. You know, you plant your flag.”

“I think that part of it is, I’m not gonna sit here and tell you that race has nothing to do, because it’s not true, but it doesn’t have everything to do with it,” the comedian concluded.

Back in 2007, Lopez had lamented the cancelation of his show after a “good run.”

“ABC, he said, has ‘unceremoniously’ canceled his self-titled comedy, which over the years chronicled his personal life from his sad childhood growing up with an abusive grandmother, to his alcoholism and kidney transplant,” the Los Angeles Times reported at the time.

“Lopez said Steve McPherson, ABC 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 show again,” the outlet added. “That explanation was painful to hear, Lopez said, considering the way the network has shuffled his show over the years — four different time slots in five years — and putting it up against ‘American Idol’ time and time again.”

“They dealt with us from the bottom of the deck,” Lopez said at the time. “Which is hard to take after what was a good run.”

Frieda Powers

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