Tim Allen Awkwardly Touts BlackBerry Passport Over iPhone 6 on Jimmy Kimmel [VIDEO]


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It seems like ages ago we were watching Home Improvement and Tim “the Toolman” Taylor strut his masculinity on the show. Actor Tim Allen was on Jimmy Kimmel last night and when asked if he had the new iPhone 6, he did something unexpected—he whipped out the new BlackBerry Passport for some camera time, taking his host by surprise.

Allen called the iPhone “wonderful” and “tremendous”, but said he likes “the weird stuff” referring to his new Passport, saying “it’s huge” and also “neat” as a “nifty Canadian” product. Was that supposed to be a glowing endorsement?

BlackBerry CEO John Chen proudly told investors at its recent earnings call 200,000 Passports were ordered shortly after its launch. Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus—which Blackberry mocked at their press event—sold over 10 million units in its launch weekend, while in China, over 2 million iPhone 6 models were sold on its opening day.

Is Tim Allen the highest profile celebrity BlackBerry can pull to tout their new smartphone on TV (aside from Wayne Gretzky at its press event)? If that’s the case, the company is in trouble.

[via Crackberry]


  • sukisszoze

    He put the BB in his back pocket!!..ha.ha. I don’t think the serious BB users will be influenced by celebrity like Tim or Wayne…

  • I wasn’t aware Tim Allen was still relevant!

  • Crosseyedmofo

    I think you may be reading too much into his canada comment gary, hes on record being quite grateful for breaking out at just for laughs (also canada allowed him into the country despite his cocaine wrap sheet)

    he seems to like the passport (agree thats weird) but he seems genuine by wanting to credit it as being canadian

  • HooDatty

    What a fruitchew.

  • HooDatty

    I don’t think he ever was… I mean, his show was called tool time, and the only tool was him. Lols.

  • Tim

    Tim Allen didn’t “take his host by surprise”. They talk about what they’re going to discuss before they tape the segment. The reason he asked if he had the new iphone is because he knew knew he had the Blackberry and it could be used as a discussion piece. That and/or Tim Allen is endorsing it tacitly. Either way, Kimmel talked to him about it before hand.

  • Yes, we know that but Kimmel sure did a great job of pretending. Or maybe Kimmel was in on it too.

  • drecar

    didnt seem awkward to me.

  • Riddlemethis

    you can’t really take what Tim says seriously, he was a pretty serious coke head for a long time. his brain cells are all shot.

  • Riddlemethis

    And we all know, Tim was never the sharpest tool in the shed.

  • Crosseyedmofo

    hes not a cokehead anymore and has recovered

  • fshgrl

    I happen to think Tim Allen is a great actor. His show ran for years, and his movies have done fairly well. Plus, despite his drug problems, he has reformed himself into a better human being than most “celebrities” are capable of today. He is one of the last few of a good generation.

  • BrodieTheDog

    You know what they say. Once and addict,always an addict.

  • BrodieTheDog

    More like “on coke” together.

  • BrodieTheDog

    Dumber than a bag of hammers if you ask me. Both him and his show.

  • BrodieTheDog

    More like he hired a better PR firm.

  • Crosseyedmofo

    you know what they say, once a cancer patient, always a cancer patient

  • BrodieTheDog

    That S**t will definitely give you cancer and fry your brain among other things

  • Crosseyedmofo


  • BrodieTheDog

    …Or turn you into to a goof like Tim Allen or worse. A Tim Allen fanboy.

  • Crosseyedmofo

    not a tim allen fanboy just compassionate towards those who suffer from addiction

  • Ex

    BrodieTheDog…best comments ever. Hahaha so awesome and so so true.

  • Dan

    BlackBerry Passport is an awesome phone. It’s different and Tim Allen happens to be creative. He as others who have tried it are impressed. It’s a shame that people have the need to judge without having any knowledge of the product. Try it first and then comment. This blackberry passport rocks. Yes, I have tried both the i6 and passport

  • AEdouard

    I can’t believe this is an endorsement deal. Tim Allen has so much money it would change 0 things in his life or his kids’s life. I’m sure he, for some weird reason, actually likes the device.

  • Dude

    Brodie is a f*ck