August 17th, 2010
09:48 PM ET

Dr. Laura Ending Her Radio Show: Join the Live Chat

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We're following breaking news. Dr. Laura Schlessinger is ending her radio show, in a cloud of a racially-charged controversy. Hear what she told Larry King just moment ago. Plus, two reports on the oil still lingering in the Gulf of Mexico raising some chilling possibilities and more.

Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

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  1. Nancy in Oregon

    I wonder what the solution is....how do you truly 'get rid of' the oil? You don't ship it out to space. What do you do, truly? Does anyone here know?

    August 17, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  2. Jerry

    I don't know who Admiral Allen is taking his orders from but everything that has come from him has been hugely optimistic in BP's favor. It's not surprising to hear more of the same.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  3. charlie

    The US seems so incredibly sensitive to what poeple say. That seems so oppressive. How can the US critisize other countries for controlling freedom of expression?

    August 17, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  4. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    I wasn't surprised to hear that most of the oil is at the bottom of the ocean. In fact (for 8 weeks) us bloggers all said that. It was just strange to hear that two weeks ago that the oil just "disappeared". Didn't believe it for a second.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  5. Ric Rivera

    Much ado over Schlesinger's use of the "N" word and she is rightfully called on it. What is missing is any comment re her condescending and disrespectful tone. Would she have used that attitude with others?

    August 17, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  6. Barry

    I see the issue with Dr. Laura is that it's her way or the highway. What a shame that a professional therapist doesn't actually know how to listen and what a disservice to anyone who wants to actually be heard. Ah, maybe she is being treated by others the same way she has been treating others.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  7. Netty

    I agree with Dr Laura, I have heard the Hip Hop music that refers to that particular 'racial' term. Furthermore I have heard African American's refer to each other with this term. What I would respond to is the need to jump on the Racism bandwagon every time, give someone a break!

    August 17, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  8. carla

    the government lied....surprise surprize

    August 17, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  9. andrea

    As a person of color (non-African), I can say that I was offended by Dr. Laura's comments. She seemed to provoke the conversation rather than counseling the (more) reasonable caller. Then she got snippy when the caller experessed discomfort. No, it's time for Dr. Laura to go. That kind of insensitivity is not befitting an on-air professional counselor.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  10. molly

    Dr. Laura had a well written apology. When she read the apology out loud, I thought her tone and the timing of particular words, did not portray remorse.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  11. Tracey

    Wow, she really came across as bitter rather than remorseful. So she is tired of being chastised for insulting people? And the listening audience is supposed to do what–pamper her because she is now the one who is insulted? Get real!

    August 17, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  12. Marie

    Since when can we not speak our mind, i was listening live that day and didn't think much of it, this has been blown WAY out of proportion. Leave it up to the NAACP to make a huge deal out of something that's not that big of a deal. Besides why do all the comics say it and its socially acceptable, she was just making a point.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  13. bea

    The government should put in place a plan for monitoring the health of adults and babies born in the gulf area for the next five years at least. No one will convince me that this spill is not affecting the health of locals without such a plan.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  14. Martina

    Dr. Laura was wrong as two left feet.
    So far as the oil on the gulf coast:
    there is no way that much oil just disappeared.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  15. David, Indiana

    Good evening John Roberts nice to see you. Good evening Isabel, Emily, Starr, Megan, Sree, Nicole, good evening everyone.

    Yes is if people are offended by Dr. Laura's comments they should say something about that. Why though is Dr. Laura not renewing her contract? The company she works for is not renewing her contract?

    August 17, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  16. Jill Jackson

    You know, if people would just quit thinking in terms of " a black man vs. a white man" think how much better things would be. A person is a person is a person. Forget the color of the skin....period.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  17. Brad Ohio

    Of course, you can have rappers and comedians use the N word and most people just take it for what it is in those media, but to broadcast and interact live on the air in such a manner, begs to move the show to a Howard Stern affiliate station!

    August 17, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  18. Dawn Renee

    Laura sounding self-serving and self righteous as ever. I feel for the caller Laura dumped on. Hateful people can hide for a while and then one day, BOOM they show their hearts. Buh-bye and thanks for cleaning up our airwaves with your departure doc.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  19. dean wilber in la

    Who uses a word is part of the context. being white is not a proper context to use the n-word. black people can use it because it means something different when they say it as opposed to dr. laura

    August 17, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  20. Rita

    I am glad Laura S. is leaving....she seems very resentful and racist!

    August 17, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  21. Sue DeBaca

    The easiest solution to this issue is turn off the radio. The Dr. that was featured on tonights AC 360 really needs to rethink his opinion of the 1st Amendment.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  22. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    The guest John Ridley is correct. Dr. Laura's 1st amendment rights were not lost. She was just insensitive to the caller that day. If you hear the tape, the caller remained calm while Dr. Laura went off on her tirade.

    That's an interesting phrase...Post Racial America. Unfortunately, we're a ways off from that and that's too bad.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  23. Lori, CA

    Don't know what to say about Dr. Laura. I was never a fan.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  24. bea

    Dr. Laura decided to use this caller to make a buck. It backfired. She decided to make news. She did.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  25. Sharon Hastings

    I had never ever listened to Dr. Laura so I had no preconceived notion of her. She comes off very shrill, brittle, angry, and just plain unlikable. I don't think I would ever seek her out for counseling. Humble and compassionate don't seem to be her strengths.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  26. Shelly

    Dr. Laura should consider silence... for good.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  27. Nancy in Oregon

    No, she didn't Kayteee. I don't listen to her show so maybe she never does, I have no idea. But in the case cited, she clearly took up her own banner instead of helping the caller.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  28. Paul Ernest

    She didn't have to resign or end her career. We all screw up sometimes.
    I didn't feel using the N word was racist. I was rather turned off by her loud ranting, angry advise and seeming problem with the NNACP. She illustrated a true point angrily.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  29. carla

    i think laura was mad because of the interacial marriage.............hmmm

    August 17, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  30. bea

    The "N" word is an urban thing. Huge numbers of blacks live outside of urban areas and would never say that word.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  31. Nancy in Oregon

    I agree, Kenya, she does not sound remorseful...she sounds resentful. I doubt she is remorseful, honestly, and very plainly is resentful. She probably doesn't think she really did anything wrong.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  32. James B. Biloxi, MS

    Dr. Laura knows she is wrong and that's exactly why she is going to retire. If she thought she didn't do anything then she'd be fighting back. Her remarks about her freedom of speech is absolute nonsense.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  33. charlie

    How does the US claim to the land of the free when poeple are not even free to express their views.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  34. Brad Ohio

    Good evening everyone, and AC wherever you are:) Dr. Laura should quit – she has no business being in the position she is in, to broadcast such negative words that fuel fires we have been trying to put out for many years. She screwed up, and she is doing the right thing by quitting.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  35. Kayteee

    She never even tried to listen to the caller and or help her at all!

    August 17, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  36. Lori, CA

    Hello Everyone!

    August 17, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  37. Sue R. Canton MI.

    I don't see where Dr. Laura has lost her 1rst ammendment rights. As far as her racist remark on her talk show and what I heard from the tape she sounded very sarcastic when she answered this ladies question.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  38. Nancy in Oregon

    Good evening, people. I felt that Dr. L. really treated her caller badly.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  39. molly

    I agree with Al Sharpton's comments today.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  40. Kenya

    Dr. Laura sounds bitter because she purely made "some people angry" and is therefore leaving the radio. She just doesn't come off as remorseful to me IMO.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  41. Jerry

    I don't know who Admiral Allen is taking his orders from but everything that has come from him has been hugely optimistic in BP's favor. It's not surprising to hear more of the same.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  42. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    Yes! Laura, every time some one puts their foot in the mouth or fibs, they accuse some invisible force acting against them.

    You brought this on to yourself.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  43. molly, Virginia

    @Samantha Rowley, lol! Fiasco is a good word for it!

    August 17, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  44. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    NO Laura, you need giver up your job now!!!!!!!

    August 17, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  45. Sharon Hastings

    Hey John Roberts, good evening, and also to all my fellow bloggers. I knew that oil didn't just disappear. I'm listening now to Dr. Laura and I would like to remind her that all African Americans are not a "special interest group".

    August 17, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  46. Sue R. Canton MI.

    Good evening.
    Looking forward to tonights show.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  47. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo John (Anderson,) Megan, Joe, Nicole, Emily, Gloria, Dodie, Mike, Casey, Cessy, Paula, Isabel, David-Indiana, JoAnn, Monica, Kathy, Jane, Gayle, Renee, Caroline, Lori, Adelaide, BettyAnn, Heather, Starr, Sharon, Gabriela, A. Smith, Devin, Karin, Michael, Karen, Miranda, Charlotte, Sree, Nancy, Sue, Kenya, Libby, Nina others and my friend Facebook Bloggers!!!!
    Thanks for coming in for join us tonight! 😀
    That's good news for me, I am glad that Laura Schlessinger is over her job at radio, she also charged of racist slur.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  48. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Good evening John and fellow bloggers!

    Glad to hear Dr. Laura is making the right decision to leave after that fiasco last week.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  49. Kenya

    Good evening John Roberts and everyone. (and Mr. Cooper!? you are missed)

    August 17, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    Good evening every one...Hope it was a great tuesday for all...

    August 17, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
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