Susan Olsen has been fired from her Los Angeles radio hosting gig after a highly-publicized homophobic rant, but her longtime radio partner wants people to know that she has never heard the former child star make derogatory comments against the LGBTQ community. Olsen, who played youngest daughter Cindy Brady on the 1970s sitcom The Brady Bunch, is under fire after anti-gay slurs she posted privately on Facebook went public.
Susan Olsen butted heads over politics with guest Leon Acord-Whiting on LA Talk Radio’s Two Chicks Talkin’ Politics show late last week, and after the segment, the openly gay actor hit Facebook to accuse Olsen of spreading “outrageous misinformation,” according to Us Weekly. The actor also slammed the radio program of being “irresponsible” in letting a “Trump fanatic” like Olsen co-host one of their radio programs.
“As much as I love [cohost] Sheena Metal, I think LA Talk Radio needs to give ‘Cindy Brady’ her walking papers,” Acord-Whiting wrote. “This isn’t just disagreeing on, say, tax plans or foreign policy. Susan Olsen spreads outrageous misinformation & it is dangerous and unprofessional.”
Olsen responded with her own rant against Acord-Whiting before he shared a screenshot of a private message that Susan allegedly sent him. The private message reportedly sent by Susan Olsen included profanities and a graphic homophobic rant, and the former child star was promptly fired from her job at LA Talk radio.
The station posted a statement on the situation, announcing that they “will not tolerate hateful speech by anyone associated with our radio station” and that they “severed our ties with a host that veered off the direction in which we are going.”
In the aftermath of the controversy, Susan Olsen’s former radio partner, Sheena Metal, posted her own statement on Facebook. In her post, Sheena revealed that she has known Susan for over seven years and considers her one of her best friends and like a sister. While Sheena wrote that he does not agree with the things that Olsen said privately to their guest, she acknowledged that there were “many things that led up Susan’s inflammatory remarks,” and she even took partial blame for the blowout.
“I will tell you, that in our seven years of friendship, I have never heard Susan say anything homophobic or derogatory about the LGBTQIA community,” Metal wrote.
“I will also say that I, in a way, I blame myself for what happened during our last broadcast of Two Chicks Talking Politics. I, naively and overly-optimistically, believed that Conservatives and Liberals…could come together, in love for our Country and agree to disagree.”
Susan Olsen’s former radio partner revealed that she was blindsided by Leon Acord-Whiting’s comments about his appearance on Two Chicks Talkin’ Politics the following day, as she had thought they had all parted friends.
“At this point, I just feel terrible for everyone and anyone who has had their heart hurt by this upheaval,” Metal wrote. “I feel terrible for LA Talk Radio, that has been a sanctuary for all walks of life and many diversified voices, for nearly nine years… And, although I have not loved the events of the last five days, I love Susan and I love Leon.”
Susan Olsen has not directly addressed her firing from the LA Talk radio show or her comments to Acord-Whiting, and she has been quiet on social media since the scandal broke. Olsen did take to Facebook to write that she believes, “People can have different opinions, that’s how we learn.”
Take a look at the video below to see Susan Olsen talking about her life after The Brady Bunch.
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