The caller involved in the Dr. Laura Schlessinger N-word controversy appeared on Larry King Live Thursday to discuss the flap, and refused to accept an apology from Schlessinger, who subsequently resigned from her radio show in the wake of her racially offensive comments.
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As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Nita Hanson called into Schlessinger’s August 10 show to discuss her experiences as a black woman married to a white man, and how at times she feels she is the butt of racist comments from his friends and family. Schlessinger dismissed Hanson’s complaints as being too hypersensitive, which led to Hanson asking Schlessinger if it was alright to ever use the N-word.
“Black guys use it all the time,” Schlessinger told Hanson. “Turn on HBO, listen to a black comic, and all you hear is n—–r, n—–r, n—–r. I don’t get it. If anybody without enough melanin says it, it’s a horrible thing. But when black people say it, is affectionate – it’s very confusing.”
On Thursday, Schlessinger declined an invite to appear alongside Hanson on Larry King Live, but issued a statement which King read on the air.
“I’d like to tell [Hanson] I’m sorry,” Schlessinger wrote. “She called me to ask for my advice and help. In giving my answer I not only didn’t help her, I used words that offended her and others. And I’d like to say again, I’m sorry.”
Hanson was unmoved, as she told King, “You know, the incident happened last Tuesday. I think if she were really sincere about that, she wouldn’t have waited ten days, ten, nine days later to apologize. And I will still say if she were not caught, she probably would have gone on like it never even happened.
“I don’t accept her apology, because she still thinks it’s okay to use the N-word,” Hanson said.
Schlessinger, 63, said she won’t be doing her show after her contract runs out at the end of the year, as she said she’s frustrated from the efforts of special interest groups trying to get her off the air for exercising her First Amendment rights.