Dr. Drew Axed Days After Questioning Hillary’s Health
CNN’s HLN Cancels ‘Dr. Drew’ Days After He Expressed Concerns Over Hillary’s Health
CNN canceled Dr. Drew Pinsky’s long-running primetime program on HLN Thursday, just a week after the board certified physician and media personality expressed he was “gravely concerned” about Hillary Clinton’s health.
CNN executive vice president Ken Jautz broke the news Thursday afternoon, abruptly announcing that Dr. Drew On Call would end its five-year run next month.
“Dr. Drew and I have mutually agreed to air the final episode of his show on September 22,” Jautz said in a statement. “Dr. Drew and his team have delivered more than five years of creative shows and I want to thank them for their hard work and distinctive programming.”
Jautz continued: “Their audience-driven shows, in particular, were innovative and memorable TV. And Dr. Drew has been an authoritative voice on addiction and on many other topical issues facing America today.”
“It has been a privilege working at HLN,” Pinsky said in a separate statement Thursday. “My executive producer Burt Dubrow and our outstanding staff and contributors were consistently exceptional. I am very excited to stay within the CNN Worldwide family as a contributor.”
HLN, which is operated by CNN, is reportedly rebooting its entire primetime lineup. However, the sudden announcement is conspicuous for some, considering Pinsky grabbed headlines a week ago for expressing concerns over Hillary Clinton’s ability to serve as president.