Following a national uproar after she repeatedly used the n-word on the air, Dr. Laura Schlessinger has signed a multi-year contract with SiriusXM.
Schlessinger’s syndicated advice program, Dr. Laura, will end on traditional radio Dec. 31. She begins at Sirius on Monday, Jan. 3. Schlessinger found herself in hot water when she used the N-word on her show while speaking to a black female caller. In August, days after the controversy, she said on CNN’s Larry King Live that she would quit her program after the contract ended. Sirius’ talk programming head Jeremy Coleman contacted her, according to Schlessinger. “The first and most important thing that appealed to me was the freedom to speak my mind without advertisers and affiliates being attacked by activist groups that just love to censor anything they don’t agree with,” she said. “That just about made my heart and head explode.”
Schlessinger says her new show will be about the “morals, values, principles and ethics” that she has long stood for. A campaign calling on advertisers to boycott her new show has already been launched.