Actor and comedian Tim Allen has adamantly denied former “Baywatch” star Pamela Anderson’s assertion that he flashed her during the early days of “Home Improvement” — but a blooper video from the hit sitcom suggests he may have “flashed” another costar.
In the clip, published on Tuesday by entertainment site TMZ, Allen was wearing a kilt — which he raised briefly to the shock of costar and onscreen wife Patricia Richardson. She later said that he had been wearing clothing under the kilt — and the incident apparently took place while they were filming in front of a live studio audience.
“You got the legs for this,” Richardson joked as Allen modeled the kilt. “Hangs long, I just wish it was shorter.”
Allen responded by lifting the front of the kilt almost to his shoulders, laughing along with the studio audience as Richardson’s jaw dropped in surprise.
The actress told TMZ that Allen had been “well dressed” under the Scottish garb, however. “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,” she said.
Allen’s name came up in recent days after Variety published an excerpt of Anderson’s new book, “Love, Pamela” — in which she claimed the comedian had opened his robe, flashing her on the set of “Home Improvement” in 1991. She said that he had done so to level the playing field after seeing her naked in Playboy magazine.
“He said it was only fair, because he had seen me naked. Now we’re even. I laughed uncomfortably,” Anderson wrote, claiming that a number of others had behaved similarly throughout her career.
Allen flatly denied that the exchange ever took place, releasing a statement to that effect: “No, it never happened. I would never do such a thing.”
Anderson appeared to double down in a statement to Vanity Fair that was published on Monday, saying, “This true story is just one of many surreal and uncomfortable situations I learned to navigate. My book goes into how it made me feel over the course of my life and, in this case, my career. I have no ill will toward Tim. But like the rest, it should never have happened.”