CNN has canceled the television show of Dr. Drew Pinsky, 8 days after the doctor questioned Hillary Clinton’s healthcare.
The network said Thursday that Pinsky’s “Dr. Drew On Call” HLN show will air its last episode on Sept. 22. CNN Vice President Ken Jautz hasn’t given a specific reason for ending the show, but the announcement comes days after Pinsky said on a radio show that Clinton was receiving a “1950s level of care.”
When Pinksy was asked about Clinton’s medical history, which indicates she has hypothyroidism he criticized the treatment she was receiving, saying he feels it was out of date.
“It just seems like she’s getting care from somebody that she met in Arkansas when she was a kid, and you’ve got to wonder,” Pinsky said. “You’ve got to wonder. It’s not so much that her health is a grave concern. It’s that the care she’s getting could make it a concern.”
While a spokeswoman for Pinksy has stated the “show’s cancellation had been decided weeks before Pinsky’s comments, as part of a HLN revamp that includes the end of Nancy Grace’s show” Page Six says differently. In an article titled “Dr. Drew Loses Show After Discussing Hillary’s Health” they write the following:
“No, no, no. I just want them to go away!” he told one friend.
“Dr. Drew” was canceled eight days after Pinsky discussed Clinton’s health on a radio show, saying he was “gravely concerned not just about her health, but her health care.”
“CNN is so supportive of Clinton, network honchos acted like the Mafia when confronting Drew,” a source told me. “First, they demanded he retract his comments, but he wouldn’t.”
What followed was a series of nasty phone calls and e-mails. “It was downright scary and creepy,” a source close to Pinsky said.
But a spokeswoman for Pinsky said the show’s cancellation had been decided weeks before Pinsky’s comments, as part of a HLN revamp that includes the end of Nancy Grace’s show.
“I know the timing is suspicious, and I know it’s hard to believe, but the two things had nothing to do with each other,” Pinsky’s rep Valerie Allen told me.
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