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”