Laura Schlessinger Signs Multi-Year Deal With Sirius XM Radio
Talk show host Laura Schlessinger has signed a multi-year deal with Sirius XM Radio, a prematurely published Associated Press report says.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
According to the report, 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."
According to Schlessinger, her "new" Dr. Laura show will have some new segments, including interviews about situations "that are relevant to the morals, values, principles and ethics that I nag about everyday."
When the move is made, it is believed Schlessinger's current 8 million viewers each day will dip, since Sirius XM has about 20 million subscribers.