Under Fire For Her N-Word Outburst, Dr. Laura Says She’s Quitting

Aug 18, 2010  •  Post A Comment

Conservative radio talk-show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger announced on "Larry King Live" that she’s ending her program, citing a desire to "regain my First Amendment rights" following an episode in which she came under fire for repeatedly using the "N" word on-air, reports the New York Times’ Media Decoder blog

Dr. Schlessinger said she won’t renew her contract when it expires at year-end. “I want to be able to say what’s on my mind and in my heart and what I think is helpful and useful without somebody getting angry, some special interest group deciding this is the time to silence a voice of dissent and attack affiliates, attack sponsors. I’m sort of done with that," she said on "Larry King Live."

Even though she’s ending her show, she emphasized that she’s not retiring and will continue with speaking engagements and writing books, the article adds.

Media Matters for America, which had asked advertisers to avoid her program, said in a statement that "Dr. Laura’s radio career ended in disgrace tonight because of the bigoted, ugly and hateful remarks made on her show. Americans have had enough."

The Website StopDrLaura.com on Tuesday night had posted a headline on its site reading, "We Stopped Dr. Laura."

The incident occurred last week when a caller, a black woman, said her white husband’s friends and family members make racist comments in front of her. Dr. Schlessinger used the "N" word 11 times in her argument that there’s a "confusing" double standard because blacks can use the word while whites can’t. The caller complained, saying, "I was a little caught back by the N-word that you spewed out, I have to be honest with you”


  1. Well another voice of reason shut down by the Thought Police. Now who can I listen to in the car? Laura, I have respected you for many years ever since I met you in person at my house; you merely said the truth. I have heard that so-called “N-Word” on many black comedians’ shows, Redd Fox, George Jefferson, etc…I hope you have saved your money and can now relax and concentrate on living your own life without the hassle of fixing the poor souls who called in.

  2. “Voice of Reason”? Well, that goes a little too far, but I’m also not a fan of any group that jumps on little things like this. Dr. L did get a bad deal on the “N-word”. The real issues with her response were not the word but the attitude in the rest of her comments. She doesn’t get it but she represents a lot of folks who don’t get it either. The use of the word didn’t cross the line in this segment.

  3. george jefferson? you are hilarious! do you know he’s not a real person? and certainly not on net tv did a character ever utter the n word! and redd foxx? how old are you red? and have you actually seen a black comedian in the last 30 years?

  4. Good riddens! What makes you think you can use the N word like that because a few black idiots use it to get a laugh.
    I hope you stay gone!

  5. I second that. Good riddance.

  6. Racism comes in all forms. Dr. Laura Schlessinger is not a qualified doctor to be giving advice as it isn’t her field. She is biased and bigoted and lives by her own rules. If she thinks there is a double standard let her talk with Bill Cosby who doesn’t believe anyone should be making the kind of references she has made. Let her find another avenue to spew her venom!

  7. Dear Doctor (of physiology, not interracial relations) Laura, since your thesis was on the “Effects of Insulin on 3-0-Methylglucose Transport in Isolated Rat Adipocytes,” and not “How To Talk To Or About Black Americans,” I disrespectfully suggest you keep your right-wing blather where it belongs: tea party Brunch & Bigotry get-togethers.
    Your moronic following (George Jefferson is a black standup comic?) notwithstanding, most Americans are simply tired of you, your pontificating, and your phony morality pose. Use this time away from your beloved cameras and microphones to learn a little humility. You certainly deserve some.

  8. Whatever one may feel about Dr Laura is not relevant. Like it or not, agree or disagree, there is in fact a double standard in this country about the use of the “N word”.
    Many blacks (not most, nor am I saying all, just many as I hear it quite often) do use it, in a variety of contexts, but if a white person does they are automatically labeled racist.
    That is a double standard… and it is racist.

  9. Dr. Laura, who is a doctor, but not in the field she preports to have expertise in, is a hypocrit of the first order. I had connections with Bill Ballance in the 70’s, who Dr. Laura lived with for a couple of years, although she was at least 30 years younger than he. It was very obvious to everyone that she was willing to sleep with whomever in order to climb the show business ladder. She is a disgrace. She now preaches the absolute opposite message of what she practiced almost 40 years ago.
    I can’t stand hypocrits. They make me sick.

  10. Ding-Dong the Witch is gone. Let’s face it, Dr. Laura most likely got told to leave by the show’s broadcaster’s – she stepped waaay over the line. She’s a talk show hack I had the great displeasure of running into a few decades back. Yep, I believe she would prostitute herself to climb the broadcast ladder – the end justifies the means is part of her playbook. The quitting over regaining her ’First Amendment Rights’ is a pile of farm animal manure! Basically she didn’t mind running over the rights of others. Everytime heard her say “I’m My Kid’s Mother”, I wanted to puke! I imagine Laura’s first husband split when he realized she doesn’t like men…or when he found out she was committing adultery…or she left because she found greener grounds then being married to a dentist! unless they are twenty years younger – she’s not interested…pabulum anybody? Okay, lets tackle the morality issue she’s so keen on. She had no problems allegedly having ‘afternoon delights’ with a married shock jock, and guess what – she was married at the same time as well. Is that a great mother setting an example for her daughter, or what! She is an out of control ’ding-dong’ and I’m glad she’s gone!

  11. Good riddance.
    She still doesn’t understand the import of her use of the word nor the comments that she gave surrounding it. Another example of book sense but no common. But as my brother likes to say “… common sense just isn’t all that common anymore…”

  12. Dr. Laura has been a hypocrite for years.
    It is not about her use of the word “nigger”; it is about her abusive nature.
    This is not an isolated incident with Dr. Laura; she has been abusing people for years. I listened to her in the 90’s and she was an abuser.
    The world is full of hypocrites and she is one of them. Let’s not forget her nude photo’s years ago, (after a failed relationship) yet she helps people with relationships.

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