HLN host Dr. Drew Pinsky, who hosts an eponymous talk show at 7pm on HLN, is leaving his radio show, Loveline, that he has hosted for the past 30 years. April 28 will be his last day on the program.
Billboard reports Pinsky is leaving Loveline to focus on his HLN program, as well as his other radio program with Mike Catherwood, and his podcast.
“I am not leaving radio,” he says in a statement. “The Loveline brand is still strong and perhaps we will bring it back some day. But for now, this version is ending and I will be focusing on all of my other projects. It has been a privilege to have served the listeners and share deeply in personal stories. I am deeply grateful for this opportunity.”
It’s no surprise that HLN has one talent who can definitely sing — Robin Meade. She’s taken time off from her anchoring duties to perform in the past; and just a month ago, she performed the National Anthem at a NASCAR race.
But it isn’t just the morning show anchor who can sing… HLN primetime host Dr. Drew Pinsky can sing as well.
Saturday night, Dr. Drew Pinsky sang the national anthem before the Los Angeles Kings hockey game at the Staples Center, and wearing a King’s jersey, he proceeded to belt out the anthem operatically.
HLN’s Dr. Drew, hosted by Dr. Drew Pinsky, is moving to a new time, beginning next Monday — 7pm. So rather than trailing Nancy Grace, Pinsky’s show will be her lead-in.
The show is hosted live out of CNN’s Los Angeles bureau in front of a studio audience.
This isn’t the only programming move interim HLN boss Ken Jautz is making: also announced this week is that HLN is developing a three-hour show for CNN’s Michaela Pereira to anchor out of the Los Angeles studios.
Tomorrow night at 9pm ET on HLN’s Dr. Drew, the HLN host will be joined by an audience and panel made up exclusively of African-Americans, according to the show’s Twitter account, to tackle the issue of race in America.
Doing a very specific-niched show isn’t new to Dr. Drew, who in the past has hosted a special on transgenders in America and had a studio audience and panel composed of only transgenders; and he also did a Donald Trump special, with a panel and studio audience only of Trump supporters.
For the first time in Dr. Drew history since installing a live studio audience, the show was forced to kick out an audience member for not cooperating and calming down.
“Everbody, I’m going to shut down this TV show and go to a test pattern unless people behave themselves and behave civilly. I’m not kidding,” HLN host Dr. Drew Pinsky threatened. “I’m not kidding. It’s a live television show, and I will go to a test pattern if I have to.”
When the woman wouldn’t quiet down, a security guard escorted her out of the audience.
Pinsky’s entire episode was about CNN’s debate and post-analysis, including a segment on why the network didn’t ask questions about the black lives matter movement.
Because CNN’s obsession with Donald Trump isn’t enough (even though it reportedly is enough with employees), HLN is devoting an hour this evening to Trump on Dr. Drew.
Dr. Drew has held some special shows in the past: there was a mental health special, following the Kim Kardashian-produced RedFlag documentary, and recently, the transgender special.
A Trump special…
And the audience members are only Trump supporters.
Tomi Lahren, who just last week left One America News Network after she went viral, is scheduled to appear on HLN’s Dr. Drew show tonight.
When she left OANN, many suspected she would end up at Fox News. In a note on Instagram about her departure, she said, “Something new is coming in my life and work, and I can’t wait to share it with you. I’m ready to hit the ground running. Run with me? Here’s to new beginnings…”
But according to Mediaite’s Andrew Kirell, she isn’t getting a Fox News gig.
Is CNN or HLN next for Lahren?
HLN host Dr. Drew will be hosting a special on his program, called Dr Drew: Transgender in America that will span across two days: Wednesday, August 26 at 9pm and Thursday, August 27th at 9pm.
He will be joined by his guests and a live, all-transgender studio audience.
Needless to say, Breitbart’s Ben Shapiro probably won’t be on this HLN special after how things went down last time.