CNN’s Dr. Drew show canceled after Pinsky criticizes Clinton’s health

Following the Aug. 25 announcement that Dr. Drew Pinsky’s television show on CNN affiliate HLN would be ending Sept. 22, speculation has surfaced that the popular media personality is the victim of his own comments made a week prior which were critical of Hillary Clinton’s health.

In an interview on KABC’s “McIntyre in the Morning” Aug. 17, Dr. Pinsky said he was “gravely concerned not just about (Hillary Clinton’s) health, but her healthcare,” based upon an open letter from the Democratic nominee’s 15-year personal physician, Dr. Lisa Bardack, in July 2015. The letter stated that Clinton dealt with deep vein thrombosis (leg blood clots) in 1998 and 2009, an elbow fracture in 2009 and a concussion in December 2012.

Pinsky said that the concussion, sustained after fainting and hitting her head, caused “brain damage”, evidenced by the wearing of prism glasses, which suggests the injury effected “her balance. . . . That’s profound.”

“And then number two, when they screened her for heart disease, again, they did an old-fashioned screen,” Pinsky continued. “It just seems like she’s getting care from somebody that she met in Arkansas when she was a kid, and you’ve got to wonder.”

Mrs. Clinton also suffers from hypothyroidism, an underactive thyroid gland, which causes fatigue, among other symptoms. Dr. Pinsky pointed out that the doctor’s letter said she was being treated for this condition with “Armour Thyroid, which is very unconventional and something that we used to use back in the ’60s. . . . And by the way, wow, Armour Thyroid sometimes has some weird side effects.”

Page Six‘s Richard Johnson wrote a column Sunday claiming sources close to Pinsky have told him that CNN was taken aback by the radio interview, because the network “is so supportive of Clinton”.

“Network honchos acted like the Mafia when confronting Drew,” Johnson wrote. “First, they demanded he retract his comments, but he wouldn’t.”

One of Johnson’s sources also claimed that Dr. Pinsky received threatening phone calls and emails from Clinton supporters, which were “scary and creepy.”

Despite the rumors, both the Pinsky and CNN camps seem to be in agreement, at least publicly, that the decision to end the show, “Dr. Drew On Call”, was mutual. Pinsky also said he will “stay within the CNN Worldwide family as a contributor.”

Dr. Pinsky’s spokeswoman, Valerie Allen, said it was decided the show would be canceled before he made the radio comments about Hillary Clinton’s health.

“I know the timing is suspicious, and I know it’s hard to believe, but the two things had nothing to do with each other,” Allen said.

On Tuesday evening, Fox News “Special Report” aired a segment on the history of Clinton’s health problems, which can be seen below.

 

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