It’s the end of an era for talk radio, because Dr. Drew Pinsky officially announced on the Kevin & Bean Show that he will be leaving ‘Loveline‘ after 30 years. Pinsky’s reign as a sex advice aficionado began with KROQ in 1984 during their ‘Ask a Surgeon’ segment, which later became syndicated in 1995 with Adam Carolla as its co-host. The well-known MTV version aired from 1996-2000 and featured celebrity guests who willingly answered very personal questions. Carolla left the show in 2005 amid a contract dispute but Pinksy stayed, and despite some brief bad blood, the besties quickly renewed their bond and now co-host their own podcast together. According to Drew, “The Loveline brand is still strong and perhaps we will bring it back some day. But for now, this version is ending and [he] will be focusing on all of my other projects.”
In truth, ‘Loveline’ never survived Adam Carolla’s exit. The format worked precisely because Carolla’s crass comments and tough love were balanced by Drew’s class and empathy, and without each other, it never gelled. And though I’m a big fan of the duo’s current podcast, I still find myself anxiously waiting for the audience phone-call segment, because that’s their money zone. I hope the two just re-brand their podcast in the Loveline format and take calls the entire show.
There are certain people who are better together than they are apart. And that’s definitely the case for Adam Carolla and Dr. Drew. Both have yet to duplicate the success of their Loveline partnership. Though Drew has a television career without Adam, and Adam has a successful podcast without Drew, they can’t survive without each other. Without Adam, Drew seems creepy, and without Drew, Adam seems heartless. Watch a clip of their recent collaboration for Adam’s Audiobook. Here’s hoping they reunite and bring Loveline back to television.
I used to love Adam Carolla. In fact, I thought he was the next Howard Stern. Then I started listening to his radio show after he took Stern’s terrestrial radio spot, and I quickly realized he’s not even close. Aside from the fact that he’s not nearly as self-realized or honest as Stern, he’s also a mean spirited asshole. His most recent debacle involves statements about transgendered people, asking “when everyone got lumped in with the gays,” and insisting that the LGBT community should drop their current acronym and insert ‘YUCK’ in its place. According to reports, Carolla previously said on ‘Loveline’ that gay parents are not as good as straight parents. To think that my original beef with Carolla involved his arbitrary insults toward other comedians such as Jim Breuer and Chelsea Handler. It’s fair to say that I now have something much more legitimate to be angry about. Carolla responded to the controversy, saying, “I’m sorry my comments were hurtful. I’m a comedian, not a politician.” Nice try, Carolla. You can’t make an insensitive joke at a time when gay bullying is such a sensitive issue and expect to get away with it.
For years I’ve been wanting to see Loveline on television again. It was one of my favorite shows growing up, and it taught me everything I didn’t want to know about third nipples. I was so obsessed I even caught the evening radio show after watching it on MTV. Since Adam Carolla left the show, it has never been the same. Carolla says he left because he was strangely offered a much lower salary, which led him to think someone wanted to push him out. The disloyal Dr. Drew chose to continue the show without his much-need partner in crime, and Mike Catherwood is his current co-host. If you saw Catherwood on Dancing With the Stars, then I don’t need to explain why Mike Catherwood is not exactly . . . entertaining. So does it really make a difference that AOL will start to air video of Loveline? Bring back Adam Carolla!
I’ve loved Dr. Drew since the days of Loveline on MTV, when he taught me everything I didn’t want to know about random callers with third nipples. He was the expert doctor who was there to help. At no point in the show did I believe he was in it for the fame. I’ve since changed my mind. I’m fine with him lending his expertise to Celebrity Rehab, but I draw the line at Dancing With the Stars and The Bachelor. If you are going to whore yourself out for money, at least stick to your field. Watch his extremely uncomfortable and inappropriate appearance on Dancing With the Stars below, to see what I mean.