Chutzpah and Ladders.
1 Laura Schlessinger, who has told her radio listeners that homosexuality is "a biological error" and that a "huge portion" of gay men are pedophiles, looks forward to putting the final touches on Dr. Laura, her syndicated TV talk show, due in the fall from Paramount Domestic Television.
2 In a meeting with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Paramount backs Schlessinger and promises that her show will include "many points of view."
3 StopDrLaura.com is launched, to much fanfare and celebrity support.
4 Schlessinger issues a statement that reads, in part, "Regrettably, some of the words I've used have hurt some people, and I am sorry for that."
(Days later, she insists that the statement was a "clarification," not an apology.) 5 Hundreds protest the Dr. Laura show at the gates of Paramount.
6 The president of National Religious Broadcasters writes to Paramount to support "our friend Dr. Laura." 7 Daily Variety reports that Paramount continues to stand behind Schlessinger.
8 Procter & Gamble leads the way for major sponsors to drop plans to advertise on the Dr. Laura show.
9 Reform Party presidential hopeful Pat Buchanan includes Schlessinger on his "short list" for vice president.
10 The flow of major sponsors deserting Dr. Laura becomes a flood.
11 Dr. Laura debuts in choice afternoon time slots nationwide. 12 Poor reviews and low ratings lead to a production hiatus.
13 In recognition of Yom Kippur, Schlessinger buys a full-page ad in the "Gay Hollywood" issue of Daily Variety to "seek forgiveness."
14 As Paramount reportedly prepares a replacement, Dr. Laura is canned by many stations, moved to the wee hours in many big cities, and rumored to be facing out-and-out cancellation by Paramount.
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|Publication:||The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Jan 16, 2001|
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