‘He never asked me’: Home Improvement star Patricia Richardson baffled by Tim Allen’s reboot claims

Home Improvement star Patricia Richardson has clarified rumours of a reboot of the hit ’90s show, which co-starred the likes of Tim Allen.

Appearing on the Back to the Best podcast, Richardson, 73, said it’s best to leave the iconic show as it is.

She also said that she found it rather odd that Allen kept saying the cast were onboard for a reboot and reunion, and insisted she was “never asked”. 

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“He kept coming out publicly, I mean, it was so weird … I’d hear that he was coming out publicly and saying this stuff about how everyone was on board to do a Home Improvement reunion,” she explained on the podcast.

“But he never asked me, and he never asked Jonathan [Taylor Thomas], who I talk to. So I called Jonathan one day and I said, ‘Has he asked you about this?’ And he went, ‘No. Why is he going around telling everyone that we’re all on board when he hasn’t talked to you or me?’

“I think that’s weird.”

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Thomas, now 42, played Tim ‘The Toolman’ Taylor and wife Jill’s middle son Randy Taylor on the hit show.

Speaking about why she’s against the idea of a reboot, Richardson said they “did the show well” and should just leave it at that.

“It’s not the same – it’s not gonna be the show. At all. And people think we can just magically go right back to who we were 30 years ago and do a show that was 30 years ago, and we’ve all changed quite a bit, I think, since then,” she explained.

“And the show would just be… It would be very weird. It makes me sad to think about it. I think — We did it. We did it well. We quit at the right time before it got really bad. And it should just stay as it is.”

On the show, she played the matriarch of the family.

Home Improvement ran from from 1991 to 1999.

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The comedy followed Tim Taylor as he juggled family life and hosting duties on his home reno show, and the results were 30 minutes of pure laughs.

In later seasons, as her sons got older, Richardson’s character Jill prioritised her ambitions, eventually returning to college to study psychology.

Like Allen, Richardson turned down a whopping $US30 million (approx. $38 million) pay cheque to star in another season of Home Improvement.