Gannett and USA Today cancelled the long-running and popular "Mallard Fillmore" comic strip, written and illustrated by Bruce Tinsley, in March 2021.
Tinsley responded by saying: “It was a big shock – from what I’m hearing, it was unprecedented. My syndicate had never seen anything like it."
Tinsley created the duck character and comic strip back in 1994. The name is "a humorous nod to the 13th US president, Millard Fillmore."
Controversy was always a part of the strip, as with many politically-tinged cartoons, such as the legendary Doonesbury. Doonesbury also suffered eventual cancellation amid controversy.
"Doonesbury" was liberal-leaning and "Mallard Fillmore" was conservative-leaning.
The "Mallard Fillmore" comic strip and archives can be viewed here.