The day after Tim Allen strenuously denied being naked and opening his robe to Pamela Anderson on the set of “Home Improvement” in 1991, a blooper clip from the sitcom resurfaced, showing him opening his clothes to another female co-star.
In the clip though, Allen apparently had boxer shorts on when he made the revealing gesture to co-star Patricia Richardson, TMZ reported. The incident also happened in front of a live studio audience, TMZ said.
TMZ published the clip Tuesday, which shows Allen wearing a kilt as his character, Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor, alongside Richardson, who played his wife in the show.
Tim Allen flashed his “Home Improvement” costar Patricia Richardson in a playful blooper … and she looks SHOCKED! https://t.co/m01zCjMIzl
— TMZ (@TMZ) January 25, 2023
“Hangs long, I just wish it was shorter,” Richardson says in the clip. Allen then surprises her by lifting up the kilt.
The camera doesn’t show what’s under the kilt, but Richardson told TMZ, “People ask me what was under the kilt when he flashed me, he was well dressed under there, I was just shocked that he lifted the kilt, not by a man in boxer shorts.”
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Allen’s gesture to Richardson may have been harmless and all in good fun, but the resurfaced clip comes at an awkward time for the comedian.
Allen on Monday was forced to deny allegations he flashed Anderson when he first met her on the set of the family sitcom. In her new memoir, “Love, Pamela,” Anderson writes about being a 23-year-old actress booking the role of Lisa “The Tool Time Girl” on “Home Improvement.”
“On the first day of filming, I walked out of my dressing room, and Tim was in the hallway in his robe,” Anderson wrote, according to Variety. “He opened his robe and flashed me quickly — completely naked underneath. He said it was only fair, because he had seen me naked. Now we’re even. I laughed uncomfortably.”
Allen, who was 37 at the time of this alleged incident, was presumably referring to Anderson’s modeling for Playboy, which helped Anderson attract attention in Hollywood.
In response to Anderson’s allegation, Allen told the media, “No, it never happened. I would never do such a thing.”
“Home Improvement” marked one of Anderson’s earliest credits, Variety said. She appeared in 23 episodes in the first two seasons of the show as it quickly became the No. 1 TV series in the United States. She left to focus on “Baywatch,” which became a global phenomenon and made Anderson one of the most recognizable women in the world.