Dr. Laura apologizes for using N-word on the air


Dr. Laura Schlessinger found herself in the hot seat this week.

The talk radio host has issued an apology for using the N-word several times in an on-air conversation with a caller whom she said was "hypersensitive" to racism.

Schlessinger wrote on her website Wednesday that she was trying to make a philosophical point in using the word, but realized that was the wrong thing to do.

"I articulated the N-word all the way out -- more than one time," Schlessinger said in comments from the opening of her radio show that she posted on her site. "And that was wrong. I'll say it again -- that was wrong."

She said she "realized I had made a horrible mistake, and was so upset, I could not finish the show."

During the call on Tuesday's show, Schlessinger said the woman was too sensitive for complaining that her husband's friends made racist comments about her in their home.

When the woman asked if the N-word was offensive, Dr. Laura said "black guys say it all the time," then went on to repeat it several times.

Schlessinger did not direct the epithet at the woman, but said she used it to suggest how often she hears it, and that it should not automatically be cause for offense.

When the caller objected, Schlessinger replied: "Oh, then I guess you don't watch HBO or listen to any black comedians."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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