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Chutzpah and Ladders.

The battle over Laura Schlessinger's TV talk show often seemed like a roller-coaster ride, but it reminded us more of a child's game ...

JANUARY

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.

FEBRUARY

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."

MARCH

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.

APRIL

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.

MAY

8 Procter & Gamble leads the way for major sponsors to drop plans to advertise on the Dr. Laura show.

JUNE

9 Reform Party presidential hopeful Pat Buchanan includes Schlessinger on his "short list" for vice president.

SUMMER

10 The flow of major sponsors deserting Dr. Laura becomes a flood.

SEPTEMBER

11 Dr. Laura debuts in choice afternoon time slots nationwide. 12 Poor reviews and low ratings lead to a production hiatus.

OCTOBER

13 In recognition of Yom Kippur, Schlessinger buys a full-page ad in the "Gay Hollywood" issue of Daily Variety to "seek forgiveness."

NOVEMBER

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)
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 16, 2001
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