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Dr. Laura apologizes for saying N-word on air

August 13, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Talk radio host Dr. Laura Schlessinger has apologized for saying the N-word several times in an on-air conversation with a caller.Schlessinger said on her website that she had actually been trying to make a philosophical point, but that she now believes she was wrong.

During the exchange on Tuesday, Schlessinger told a caller she was "hypersensitive" for complaining of racist comments from her husband's friends.

She said "black guys say it all the time" and went on to repeat the N-word several times.

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

Schlessinger also said that if the caller did not have a sense of humor about race, she shouldn't have entered into an interracial marriage.

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

Schlessinger said she pulled herself off the air at the end of the hour.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.