Radio talk show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger--fresh from a flap over saying "nigger" . . . "nigger" . . . "nigger" . . . "nigger" . . . "nigger" . . . "nigger" . . . "nigger" . . . "nigger" . . . "nigger" . . . "nigger" . . . "nigger" and--what was it again? Oh, yes--"nigger" over the nation's public airwaves--told Larry King last night that she will not renew her syndicated broadcasting contract with KFWB AM980 that is up at the end of the year.
How will we miss Dr. Laura, who has displayed a stunning knack for saying, writing and doing dumb-ass things over the years?
Let us count the ways--and by ways I mean choice doozies--after the jump . . .
- Writing in the Salt Lake Tribune, reporter Matthew LaPlante revealed in 2007 Schlessinger had blasted soldiers' wives for "whining" and declaring "warriors need warrior wives." Her radio fans then unleashed their wrath on LaPlante for making their dear Dr. Laura look bad--until he reported in a follow-up piece that Schlessinger's 21-year-old solider son stationed in Afghanistan had a MySpace page that featured cartoon images of rape, murder and child molestation; racial epithets; and stories of drug use. The bad apple doesn't fall far from the wrinkled old witch.
- She wrote in 2006 that she had been attacked in a "vulgar, inhumane manner by media types" over her mother's death, and that false allegations had been made that she was unfit to dispense family values advice. She explained that she had not mourned the deaths of either of her parents because she had no emotional bond to them. She described her father as "petty, insensitive, mean, thoughtless, demeaning and downright unloving." Her mother, she wrote, had "pathological pride," "was never grateful and would always find something to criticize" and "constantly expressed disdain for men, sex and love." What prompted the media backlash? After not speaking to her mother for 18 to 20 years, the woman's body was found in her Beverly Hills condo in 2002--two months after she had died from heart disease.
- In the months leading up to the premiere of her thankfully short TV talk show in 2000, Schlessinger called homosexuality a "biological error" and said it was only acceptable if it was kept private. Gays and lesbians adopting children was also verboten, said Dr. Laura, who regularly compared LGBT parenting to pedophilia. ". . . [A] huge portion of the male homosexual populace is predatory on young boys," Schlessinger reportedly said. As civil rights groups pressured her yet-to-debut TV show's advertisers, she went on her radio show to apologize to the LGBT community--and then rescinded that apology two weeks later.
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- With angry mobs outside the studio and in the audience, Schlessinger boldly went on The View just before her first TV show went on the air. During the chat, host Barbara Walters brought up criticism Schlessinger had broadcast against the veteran newswoman for appearing in a nude photo and revealing she had once had an affair with a married man. Walters then reminded Schlessinger about her own affair--while married to another man--with LA radio host Bill Ballance, who on Oct. 19, 1998, posted a dozen nude photos of Schlessinger on the Web. Technology allowed viewers to zero in close on various Schlessinger body parts--not that anyone would want to. Or have you not seen the photos? Yuck!
- In the days after her first TV show aired on Sept. 11, 2000 (what is it about disasters and September 11's?), critics complained Schlessinger's TV program was a dull, watered-down version of her radio show. But that wasn't its worst offense. A Sept. 25, 2000, episode featured a so-called college student who specialized in professional note-taking. On the next day's show where the topic was cheating, the same guest appeared in different hair and makeup, this time saying she was a woman living with her boyfriend. It was later revealed the woman was a credited researcher for the show.
As you re-live her latest radio rant below, think of your own magical remembrances and please do share them in the comments section.