Reports this morning are confirming that former Brady Bunch star Susan Olsen has been fired from her radio talk show after posting a homophobic rant to Facebook.
According to US Magazine, 55-year-old Olsen, who co-hosts LA Talk Radio’s Two Chicks Talkin’ Politics show, hosted openly-gay actor, activist, and producer Leon Acord-Whiting, alongside co-host Sheena Metal. Following the show, Acord-Whiting took to Facebook himself, posting a blistering criticism of LA Talk Radio “to allow a Trump fanatic to co-host one of their programs, where she can spew her idiotic lies unchecked.”
“Being a liberal and a patriot are mutually exclusive? Hillary is causing the protests & hate crimes? The Koran is a political tract?”
Acord-Whiting expressed his love for Metal, but said that Olsen ought to be given “her walking papers” and said that he wouldn’t be listening to or appearing on any of their shows until she was gone.
According to the Huffington Post, Olsen responded to him on Facebook with her own vitriolic rant, calling him a “little piece of human waste” and calling him out for blocking her before she could respond.
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But according to Acord-Whiting, that’s not quite how things went down. In fact, she had “[got] one hit in,” as she put it, sending him a private message filled with homophobic slurs and gratuitous insults.
The original, unedited message — which contains offensive language — is visible here.
It was a lesson Acord-Whiting was willing to impart.
“And by now, your homophobic private message to me is being shared all over Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. So I don’t have to say another word. The world is seeing your true colors.”
In response, LA Talk Radio announced on Friday that they had fired an unnamed host in a statement on Facebook; that host was recently confirmed to be Susan Olsen.
“LA Talk Radio takes pride in its close and collaborative relationship with the LGBT community, and will continue to provide a home for those who have hopeful and positive messages of togetherness and tolerance to share with our listeners.
“We will not tolerate hateful speech by anyone associated with our radio station and have severed our ties with a host that veered off the direction in which we are going.”
Before her firing, Olsen posted numerous statuses to Facebook regarding the controversial clash, saying that “Trump is right” and would listen. She also opined that people should be able to have different opinions, and accused Acord-Whiting of having “dissed” her best friend (apparently referring to Sheena Metal.) Both that post and her earlier message contained language which Acord-Whiting and his fans construed as threats.
“It’s gonna be alright,” she posted, shortly before she was fired.
Aside from her former position with LA Talk Radio, Olsen is an animal-rights activist and an artist who makes Marshmallow Fluff-inspired art, which has been curated into a limited edition collection. Apart from a few minor guest appearances on television shows, Two Chicks Talkin’ Politics was her primary focus over the past several years, although the most recent information available indicates that she still serves on the board of directors of non-profit animal welfare group Precious Paws.
Meanwhile, Acord-Whiting’s last public Facebook post, posted December 8, claims that he was “temporarily hacked” – presumably in response to the situation with Olsen, allegedly sending out a number of private messages.
Susan Olsen first rose to fame as Cindy Brady on The Brady Bunch, from the time she was 8-years-old to 13, the entire run of the show, along with a number of television and movie spinoffs.
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